Randy “Komrade” BresnikNotes 1, the commander of the Expedition 53 (the 53rd expedition to the International Space Station) has published a HD video of their spacewalk. Watch the GoPro footage below:
“Sometimes on a spacewalk, you just have to take a moment to enjoy the beauty of our planet Earth. This Go-Pro footage is from our spacewalk where Joe Acaba and I refurbished the Canadarm2 robotic arm and the Dextre robotic arm extensionNotes 2.” –Randy “Komrade” Bresnik
For the Expedition 53, Soyuz MS-05 launched on July 28, 2017, transporting Randy Bresnik, Sergey Ryzhikov and Paolo Nespoli, who would make up the Expedition 52/53 crew. MS-05 docked with the Rassvet (MRM-1) moduleNotes 3 six hours later. Then, on September 13, 2017, Soyuz MS-06 launched, transporting Alexander Misurkin, Mark T. Vande Hei and Joe Acaba. MS-06 docked with the Poisk (MRM-2) moduleNotes 4 six hours later.
After the spacewalk, NASA made the announcement below:
“Expedition 53 Spacewalk Successfully Comes to an End”
“Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik and Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA completed a 6 hour, 49 minute spacewalk at 2:36 p.m. EDT. The two astronauts installed a new camera system on the Canadarm2 robotic arm’s latching end effector, an HD camera on the starboard truss of the station and replaced a fuse on the Dextre robotic arm extension.”
“The duo worked quickly and were able to complete several “get ahead” tasks. Acaba greased the new end effector on the robotic arm. Bresnik installed a new radiator grapple bar. Bresnik completed prep work for one of two spare pump modules on separate stowage platforms to enable easier access for potential robotic replacement tasks in the future. He nearly finished prep work on the second, but that work will be completed by future spacewalkers.”
“This was the fifth spacewalk of Bresnik’s career (32 hours total spacewalking) and the third for Acaba (19 hours and 46 minutes total spacewalking). Space station crew members have conducted 205 spacewalks in support of assembly and maintenance of the orbiting laboratory. Spacewalkers have now spent a total of 53 days, 6 hours and 25 minutes working outside the station.”
- Randolph James “Komrade” Bresnik (also known as Randy “Komrade” Bresnik, born September 11, 1967) is an officer in the United States Marine Corps and a NASA astronaut.
- Launched March 11, 2008, Dextre, also known as the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), is a two armed robot, or telemanipulator, which is part of the Mobile Servicing System on the International Space Station (ISS), and does repairs otherwise requiring spacewalks.
- Rassvet (means “dawn” in English), also known as the Mini-Research Module 1 (MRM-1) and formerly known as the Docking Cargo Module (DCM), is a component of the International Space Station (ISS). The module’s design is similar to the Mir Docking Module launched on STS-74 in 1995. Rassvet is primarily used for cargo storage and as a docking port for visiting spacecraft. It was flown to the ISS aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis on the STS-132 mission on May 14, 2010, and was connected to the ISS on May 18.
- Poisk (means “search” in English), also known as the Mini-Research Module 2 (MRM 2), is a docking module of the International Space Station. Although Poisk is designated as Mini-Research Module 2, it arrived before Mini-Research Module 1 (Rassvet), which had a different design.