Thomas Pesquet Prepares for Spacewalk – a journey he cannot wait to experience
On 13 January ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will perform a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. It will be known as the Extra Vehicular Activity – EVA.
It will last up to seven hours. The goal is to upgrade the Station’s batteries to newer lithium-ion versions. Some have already been changed by Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough a week ago.
There have been intensive preparations for this procedure. They took place in the months leading up to the launch, with classroom sessions at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre. Underwater training in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab was valuable experience for Thomas’s spacewalk.
Thomas will be the 11th European to “walk” in space. The Station commander, US astronaut, Shane Kimbrough, will lead the journey.
Pesquet has been on board the Space Station since November 2016. He is eager to carry out the spacewalk as it has been an ambition since he began training as an astronaut.
Last week Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough carried out their spacewalk to fix batteries on one side of the space ship.
The French astronaut will carry out his Extra Vehicular Activity on January 13 which will be covered LIVE from NASA. Stay with us to watch this very important activity being done. It is a key part of the mission
Good luck Thomas, we are proud of you!
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