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NASA spacewalk: Watch astronauts Kate Rubins, Victor Glover outside the space station

February 28, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Victor Glover Jr. are conducting a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station Sunday. This spacewalk is expected to last for 6.5 hours and will assist with solar array upgrades for the space station.

Astronauts Kate Rubins and Victor Glover Jr. began their spacewalk outside of the International Space Station at 6:12 a. m. ET Sunday.

The spacewalk will assist with a continuation of upgrades for the space station orbiting Earth.

Glover has already conducted two spacewalks since arriving at the space station in November.

Rubins previously conducted spacewalks during her first rotation on the space station in 2016, so this will be her third as well.

Rubins and Glover will prepare for upcoming solar array upgrades by assembling and installing modification kits.

The solar arrays will begin launching to the space station on a SpaceX vehicle in June.

During the spacewalk, Rubins will be crew member 1 in the suit bearing red stripes, and Glover will be crew member 2 in a suit with no stripes.

This will be the 235th spacewalk in the history of the station.

Earlier this week, Vice President Kamala Harris called and spoke with Glover on the space station.

Glover is the first African American to fly a long-term mission on the space station in the history of the orbiting laboratory.

When Harris asked Glover about his first two spacewalks and his perspective of the Earth, Glover said he took the advice of his fellow crew members to "keep your world small, keep your focus on the thing right in front of you and slowly widen out that world-view. "

The first time he saw Earth during a spacewalk, he wanted to revel in it for hours, Glover said.

Glover also talked about how fragile Earth looks from space, especially our thin atmosphere and "just how special it is for there to be human life on this planet. "

"It makes me want to do all that I can to protect that," Glover said.

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