Parmitano, new spacewalk: six hours to repair the cosmic ray detector

Always in the company of the American Andrew Morgan, both working on the antimatter hunter. The images of NASA | Vista Agency / Alexander Jakhnagiev – CorriereTv

New spacewalk for Luca Parmitano, captain of the Beyond mission. The Italian astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA) and his colleague from NASA, Andrew Morgan have left the International Space Station to continue the maintenance work of the antimatter hunter Ams-02 that began on November 15th. Once again, «AstroLuca» has the role of leader of the spacewalk and is recognizable by the red stripes on the sleeves and the sweatpants. It will reach the AMS-02 thanks to the robotic arm of the Space Station, the Canadarm, and as it happened in the first extravehicular activity, the transfer could last up to an hour. Cutting the pipes of the old cooling system is the main objective of this spacewalk, in a series of operations that experts refer to as “demolitive.” The astronauts must cut all the old pipes to make room for the new cooling pumps and the new system. that will have to feed them. The work of Luca Parmitano and Andrew Morgan is proceeding quickly, thanks to their great preparation and the long simulations conducted on Earth, also with the help of virtual reality. Source: NASA



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