NASA TV to Air US Spacewalk, Briefing on Space Station Docking Port Install

Aug. 13, 2019
MEDIA ADVISORY M19-084
NASA astronauts Christina Koch (center top) and Nick Hague (suit with red stripe on legs) conduct a spacewalk March 29
NASA astronauts Christina Koch (center top) and Nick Hague (suit with red stripe on legs) conduct a spacewalk March 29 to swap batteries and install adapter plates on the International Space Station’s Port-4 truss structure.
Credits: NASA

Editor’s Note: This advisory was updated on Aug. 14 to remove mention of the HD TV camera installation, which is no longer occurring during the spacewalk. Updated information will be provided during Friday’s briefing.

Experts from NASA will preview an upcoming spacewalk with two American astronauts outside the International Space Station to complete the outfitting of docking ports during a briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 16, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Live coverage of the briefing will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Media wishing to participate in the briefing in person must request credentials from the Johnson newsroom no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Media interested in participating by phone must contact the newsroom by 1:45 p.m. Aug. 16.

Participants in the briefing are:

  • Kirk Shireman, International Space Station program manager
  • Scott Stover, NASA spacewalk flight director
  • Alex Kanelakos, lead spacewalk officer

Expedition 60 Flight Engineers Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan of NASA will begin their planned six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk from inside the Quest airlock about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Live NASA Television coverage will begin at 6:30 a.m. The duo will assist in the installation of International Docking Adapter-3 (IDA-3) to Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 on the space-facing side of the station’s Harmony module.

IDA-3 will provide a second docking port to the International Space Station to accommodate the future arrivals of Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon  commercial crew spacecraft. The docking port was launched to the station last month on a SpaceX Dragon on the company’s 18th commercial cargo resupply services mission to the station. IDA-2 was installed to the forward end of the Harmony module in the summer of 2016.

NASA’s commercial crew partnership with Boeing and SpaceX will restore launches of American astronauts from American soil on American rockets and maximize the time U.S. crews can dedicate to scientific research and technological advances aboard the orbiting laboratory to enable the agency’s ambitious goals for the Artemis lunar exploration program and future missions to the Moon and Mars.

Hague will be extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1) wearing the spacesuit with the red stripes, and Morgan will be extravehicular crew member 2 (EV2) wearing the suit with no stripes.

The spacewalk will be the 218th in support of station assembly, maintenance and upgrades and the fifth outside the station this year. It will be the third spacewalk for Hague and the first for Morgan.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Learn more about International Space Station research, operations, and its crew at:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1100
stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov

Gary Jordan
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111
gary.j.jordan@nasa.gov

Last Updated: Aug. 14, 2019
Editor: Sean Potter

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