NASA is going to live stream a spacewalk on August 17, proving not everything is awful
The crew of the International Space Station is preparing to live stream a spacewalk for six hours, and you can watch the whole thing live.
If you’ve watched any news lately, there is a good chance that you turned it off and were left with – at best – a sense of melancholy. It’s been a rough week for the world. So tomorrow, check out something that may actually inspire instead of terrify you.
On Thursday, August 17 at 7 a.m. PST, NASA will host a six-hour long live stream from the ISS. The video will feature two Russian cosmonauts on a spacewalk, working outside the station to deploy several nanosatellites, collect research samples, and perform structural maintenance. It won’t be action packed, but it might help to remind you that not everything is horrible and on fire all the time. It might even be soothing.
NASA has a knack for posting some objectively simple videos that are incredibly relaxing. And while the spacewalk will be routine – or as routine as operating in a place that can kill you a dozen times over in seconds can be – it will also have one of the most incredible backdrops you could ever hope to see in a live stream.
For those interested in the details, the spacewalk will be conducted by Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. Yurchikhin will be designated extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1), while Ryazanskiy will be EV2. Both will be wearing Russian Orlan spacesuits. It will be the 202nd spacewalk in support of the space station assembly and maintenance and the seventh spacewalk this year.
The cosmonauts will begin by deploying five nanosatellites, each weighing around 11 lbs., and each with their own function. They will also collect residue samples from a variety of locations, and install handrails. It may not sound sexy, but doing anything in space instantly makes it 100x cooler.
You can watch it all below: