After his hugely successful first extra-vehicular activity (EVA) on 13 January, Thomas Pesquet is today conducting his second EVA with Shane Kimbrough, the current U.S. commander of the International Space Station (ISS). The two astronauts are installing a new computer unit, working on the station’s power system and disconnecting cables on its pressurized mating adapter (PMA) that will later be switched to another docking port. In particular, Thomas will be inspecting the station’s external thermal control system and lubricating its Dextre special-purpose robotic arm.
Another EVA is planned for Thomas in April, which would take him to a total of three during his mission, equalling the previous record set by his fellow French astronaut Philippe Perrin. These spacewalks represent a huge workload for the hundreds of team members on the ground, as well as for the ISS astronauts, and each one requires exceptionally detailed planning and preparation of tasks.
On this occasion, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “It’s great to see how easy Thomas is making things look up there on the station. The other day conducting a live link-up with President Hollande, now doing maintenance, he just keeps pushing back the limits of what’s humanly possible. In this respect, I’d like to pay tribute to the CADMOS teams enabling the kind of performance we’re seeing and driving the innovation that is integral to France’s space policy, thus maintaining Europe’s world-class capability.”