#ISS #NASA – NASA Astronauts Successfully Install New Docking Port On International Space Station : Private space firms such as SpaceX and Blue Origin are making forays into commercial flights into the final frontier. As for the ISS, it is expected to receive much in the way of heavy traffic in the ensuing years.
Yet, before all this is possible, the ISS must have some parking space to accommodate the spacecraft that happen to find their way to its door. That is why yesterday two NASA astronauts installed a novel docking port on the ISS.
This formally ends the United States’ sole reliance upon the Russians for conveyance to and from the ISS. Two astronauts, Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins, engaged in a spacewalk outside the ISS for the worthy purpose of attaching the first of two docking adapters to it.
— NASA Astronauts (@NASA_Astronauts) August 19, 2016
The time this task took was five hours and 58 minutes. The second docking adapter will be sent to be affixed on the ISS next year. Williams happens to be the head of the half a dozen strong crew of the ISS.
He has performed spacewalks some four odd times in his tenure as a seasoned astronaut. As for Rubins, this was her first time on a spacewalk, according to Space.com.
— Doug Wheelock (@Astro_Wheels) August 19, 2016