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See 2 astronauts Take a spacewalk outside the international space station today!



If you have a question on Monday, NASA is here to help: the agency will broadcast live as two astronauts climb outside International Space Station for a spacewalk today (April 8).

NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques are scheduled to change their suits for battery power at. 8:05 pm EDT (1205 GMT) and kicks off a scheduled 6.5-hour stroll. The spacewalk is broadcast live beginning at. 6:30 pm EDT (1030 GMT); you can watch live on Space.com with NASA TV or directly through the space agency .

During the excursion, the duo will tackle an eclectic range of tasks, including troubleshooting some issues encountered during installations that took place during two spacewalks last month. All in all, the goal of the spacewalk is to equip Canadarm2 a robotic arm with a superfluous power source, just if something goes wrong.

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The excursion becomes the 54th place walk by ISS performed by astronauts working through NASA. It will also mark the first spacewalk of a Canadian astronaut in 12 years.

Today's spacewalk will be the last in a series of three excursions done in March and April. NASA saves time by making space walks in batches the string of three spacewalks in just a few weeks. But when the day's outing is over, astronauts living and working in the on-going laboratory have to shift their focus to dealing with the number of trucks arriving at the station.

These arrivals started on April 4 with a Russian Progress capsule . This shipment will be followed by two more cargo runs, a Cygnus capsule launched by Northrop Grumman, scheduled for April 17, and a Dragon capsule launched by SpaceX scheduled for April 25.

Email Meghan Bartels at mbartels@space.com or follow her @meghanbartels . Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook .


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