Watch 200th ISS spacewalk on Friday

Watch 200th ISS spacewalk on Friday

"This is the connection point of the component in the airlock itself that provides power, oxygen, cooling water and communications lines to the two crew members while they are in the process of biding their time, pre-breathing pure oxygen, in the airlock itself".

After a short delay caused by a water leak during preparations, NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer crawled out of the International Space Station in their space suits for a historic walk beyond the edges of the world-the 200th spacewalk at the ISS. The first spacewalk at the ISS took place on December 7, 1998, and nearly two decades later, humanity continues to maintain our outpost in the heavens.

The first USA spacewalk started at 3:45 p.m. EDT on the third orbit when White opened the hatch and used the hand-held manuevering oxygen-jet gun to push himself out of the capsule.

The glitch affected equipment known as the servicing and cooling umbilical (SCU), which supplies power and oxygen to the spacesuits worn by veteran U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson and her rookie counterpart, Jack Fischer.

The spacewalk will be broadcast on NASA Television and streamed live online.

"Everyone here in Mission Control wants to thank you for the heroic work that you all have done to get us to this point", Mission Control radioed as the spacewalk finally got underway.

The box weighs 200 pounds (91 kilograms) on Earth, and routes data and commands to experiments inside the space station, Navias said. The box - more than 5 feet long - was a bit unwieldy. The parts finally arrived late last month aboard Orbital ATK's commercial cargo ship, the S.S. John Glenn, named after the first American to orbit Earth.

Fischer has never spacewalked before. The 57-year-old Whitson has also spent more days off the planet than any other woman (more than 500 days in total) and will be recognizable by the red stripes on her space suit. This was her ninth.

"Isn't it", Whitson agreed, chuckling.

Station commander Peggy Whitson, a veteran with eight previous spacewalks, and flight engineer Jack Fischer, who was making his first outing, left the station's airlock around 9:15 a.m. EDT. NASA is especially wary of leaks involving spacesuits.

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