NASA Television to broadcast series of 10 spacewalks

NASA has announced that over the next three months, it will televise 10 upcoming spacewalks conducted by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, the company said.

The 10 complex space walks represent a cadence that has not been experienced since assembly of the space station was completed in 2011.

The station crew will replace some of the orbiting laboratory´s solar array batteries during the first half of the spacewalks and then refurbish a renowned scientific instrument that explores the fundamental nature of the universe during the final five excursions.

The first of a set of five spacewalks is dedicated to replacing batteries on the far end of the station´s port truss. The existing nickel-hydrogen batteries will be upgraded with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries transported to the station aboard the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle. The second half of this sequence of spacewalks will focus on repairs to the space station´s Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.