'Awesomesauce,' proclaims United States astronaut on historic spacewalk outside ISS

'Awesomesauce,' proclaims United States astronaut on historic spacewalk outside ISS

It was Fischer's first spacewalk, and the ninth for Whitson, who last month broke the record for cumulative time in orbit by a U.S. astronaut.

Two US astronauts overcame an early equipment glitch to complete an abbreviated spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday, accomplishing all the major tasks initially planned for a longer excursion in four hours, NASA said. Live coverage of the milestone event will begin in the stream above at around 6.30AM ET, with the spacewalk itself scheduled to start 8AM and continue for six-and-a-half hours. Fischer, EV-2, is wearing an unmarked suit and is using helmet cam 20.

The spacewalk is the 200th in support of station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998 on the US$100-billion laboratory that flies about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.

During their time outside the station, Whitson and Fischer replaced an avionics box situated on the station's starboard 3 truss.

Whitson and Fischer's walk in space marks the 200th spacewalk on the International Space Station.

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'It has been exhibiting some thermal issues of late, so it is being replaced, ' explained Navias. During NASA's first-ever spacewalk in 1965, astronaut Ed White ventured out of the Gemini IV spacecraft, propelling himself with a hand-held oxygen jet-tank.

The spacewalk is the ninth of Whitson's career.

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. She's also spent more time in space than any other American, 552 days over three missions and counting. However, due to the delay at the beginning of the mission, some of the secondary tasks of the spacewalk might have to be canceled.

The first spacewalk at the ISS was done December 7, 1988 by astronauts Jerry Ross and Jim Newman.

"Oh my gosh, this is attractive", Fischer said as he stepped out into space for the first time, saying his view is like "an enormous fondu pot bubbling over with piping hot awesome-sauce".

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