Spacewalkers float out to lubricate robotic arm

Spacewalkers float out to lubricate robotic arm

During the excursion, they began the lubrication process on the Canadarm2's newly-installed latching end effector and swapped out a degraded video camera.

Two astronauts checked in with ground engineers today after completing the second of three spacewalks yesterday that are planned for this month.

Bresnik and Vande Hei are slated to exit the Quest airlock around 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT). NASA astronaut Joe Acaba and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli will help the spacewalkers get suited up and out the door. Vande Hei is designated EV 2 and will wear a plain white spacesuit with no red stripes.

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During the second spacewalk, both Bresnik and Vande Hei lubricated the components of the new latching end effector and also replaced a faulty camera system. This will be the shortest delivery mission for a Progress mission which usually takes a near six-hour trip, and in the past has taken up to two days to assist in the resupply of the complex.

Meanwhile, Vande Hei will retrieve a foot restraint from the Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) cart and install it to Canadarm2. During next spacewalk on October 18, astronauts will replace another old camera nicknamed "Old Yeller" that is tinting images yellow. The astronauts also lubricated the latching end effector of the robotic arm during this spacewalk.

The astronauts also completed a variety of additional tasks, including replacing a smudged lens cover and removing two handrails from outside the tranquility module in preparation for a future wireless antenna installation, NASA scientists wrote in a blog post.

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