Astronauts perform ‘surgery’ on ISS
Remember the movie Gravity? How George Clooney and Sandra Bullock try to repair the damages done to their spacecraft? Well, that’s a film, but in real life astronauts too did a ‘surgery’ of sorts any International Space Station (ISS).
Two astronauts have completed ‘surgery’ outside of the ISS, slicing small metal tubes as part of the efforts to repair a state-of-the-art cosmic ray detector.
Expedition 61 crewmates Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Drew Morgan with NASA ventured outside of the space station for a 6 hour and 33 minute to spacewalk and perform the repairs.
It may sound simple, but imagine hanging in space trying to figure out technical faults in a very expensive machine! Scary, we would say. What if you drop a wrench in space!
It took 136 space flights on seven different types of launch vehicles to build the ISS and the space station flies at 7.71 km/s. That's fast enough to go to the Moon and back in about a day.