LIVE: Astronaut duo conducting 200th ISS spacewalk
Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer are performing U.S. extravehicular activity 42 (EVA-42) today, May 12, 2017. This is the 200th spacewalk in support of International Space Station assembly and maintenance.
The NASA astronaut duo is embarking on a 6.5 hour EVA to replace an avionics box, install a shield on Pressurized Mating Adapter 3, and rig a new high-definition camera and a pair of wireless antennas.
NASA’s broadcast started at 6:30 a.m. EDT (10:30 GMT). The spacewalk was slated to start at 8 a.m. EDT (12:00 GMT); however, this was postponed to replace a Service and Cooling Umbilical inside the Quest airlock. This is Whitson’s ninth spacewalk, the most for a female astronaut. She is wearing the suit with red stripes. This is Fischer’s first spacewalk. He is wearing the suit with no stripes.
Video courtesy of NASA
Derek Richardson has a degree in mass media, with an emphasis in contemporary journalism, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. While at Washburn, he was the managing editor of the student run newspaper, the Washburn Review. He also has a blog about the International Space Station, called Orbital Velocity. He met with members of the SpaceFlight Insider team during the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket with the MUOS-4 satellite. Richardson joined our team shortly thereafter. His passion for space ignited when he watched Space Shuttle Discovery launch into space Oct. 29, 1998. Today, this fervor has accelerated toward orbit and shows no signs of slowing down. After dabbling in math and engineering courses in college, he soon realized his true calling was communicating to others about space. Since joining SpaceFlight Insider in 2015, Richardson has worked to increase the quality of our content, eventually becoming our managing editor.