French astronaut Thomas Pesquet makes contact with the International Space Station’s robotic arm during a spacewalk. (NASA TV)
Spacewalkers made progress today on preparations at the International Space Station for the arrival of the first commercial space taxis.
During today’s operation, which lasted just over six and a half hours, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet disconnected cables and electrical connections on a big piece of equipment known as the Pressurized Mating Adapter-3, or PMA-3.
NASA said the astronauts also lubricated parts on the Dextre manipulator that’s at the end of the station’s Canadian-built robotic arm, inspected a radiator valve and replaced some external cameras.
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