Author Topic: ISS U.S. EVA-59 November 15, 2019 (AMS-02 TTCS repair) [Morgan, Parmitano]  (Read 21513 times)

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Later this week, @AstroDrewMorgan and @Astro_Luca will begin a series of spacewalks to fix the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an important scientific instrument that is helping us learn more about dark matter and the origins of the universe. Here’s how AMS works:

https://twitter.com/ISS_Research/status/1194715662708609026

Stars, planets and the molecules that comprise them are less than five percent of the mass-energy content of the universe. The rest is dark matter, invisible matter that can't be directly detected. The AMS-02 has been looking for evidence of this substance since 2011

https://twitter.com/ISS_Research/status/1194715673613783056

Learn more about how this @Space_Station mounted device works here: https://go.nasa.gov/3500Z9q
Learn about the upcoming AMS spacewalks here: https://go.nasa.gov/36krisg

https://twitter.com/ISS_Research/status/1194715704165044226

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Astronauts Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano check U.S. spacesuits and spacewalking tools

iss061e033873 (Nov. 11, 2019) --- (From left) NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and ESA (European Space Agency) Commander Luca Parmitano work inside the Quest airlock checking U.S. spacesuits and spacewalking tools. The duo will conduct several spacewalks in November to upgrade the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer's (AMS) thermal control system. The AMS is the International Space Station's cosmic particle detector.

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--- NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan checks specialized spacewalking tools designed specifically to repair the International Space Station's cosmic particle detector, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS). Morgan and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Luca Parmitano will conduct several spacewalks in November to upgrade the AMS thermal control system.

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Tomorrow @NASA_Astronauts @AstroDrewMorgan & @astro_luca will perform the most complex spacewalk since the @NASAHubble spacewalks my crewmates and I did over 10 years ago.  Check out this photo of some of the cool tools they will be using to get the job done.

https://twitter.com/Astro_Mike/status/1195012885270933504

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#Apollo12 launched on Nov. 14, 1969, beginning the second mission to land humans on the Moon. 50 years later, @AstroDrewMorgan & @Astro_Luca dressed as Apollo-era flight controllers while preparing for spacewalks to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, starting Nov. 15, 2019.

https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1195032831359098880

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#TBT to 2011 when Space Shuttle Endeavor carried the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-02 to the @Space_Station. AMS-02 has been looking for evidence of dark matter since 2011, but now requires repairs that will performed during upcoming spacewalks.


https://twitter.com/ISS_Research/status/1195025096827490304

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Which EMU will use Parmitano and which one Morgan?

3004 and 3008.

EMUs photo with their numbers:
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NASA TV Broadcasts Particle Detector Spacewalk Repairs on Friday

Mark Garcia Posted on November 14, 2019

Expedition 61 Commander Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA Flight Engineer Andrew Morgan will begin a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station at about 7 a.m. EST Friday, Nov. 15. NASA Television coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 5:30 a.m.

Watch the spacewalk on NASA TV and on the agency’s website.

The two astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station for the first in a series of complex spacewalks to replace a cooling system on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a cosmic ray detector. The upgraded cooling system will support AMS through the lifetime of the space station.

Parmitano and Morgan have spent dozens of hours training specifically for the AMS repair spacewalks. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will help Parmitano and Morgan suit up for the spacewalks and will maneuver the Canadarm2 robotic arm to help position the spacewalkers around the AMS repair worksite.

These spacewalks are considered the most complex of their kind since the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions. The AMS originally was designed for a three-year mission and, unlike Hubble, was not designed to be serviced once in space. More than 20 unique tools were designed for the intricate repair work, which will include the cutting and splicing of eight cooling tubes to be connected to the new system, and reconnection of a myriad of power and data cables. In addition to the overall complexity, astronauts have never before cut and reconnected fluid lines, like those that are part of the cooling system, during a spacewalk.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2019/11/14/nasa-tv-broadcasts-particle-detector-spacewalk-repairs-on-friday/

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EVA started at 6:39 EST (11:39 UTC).

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Going to need people to chip in with the occasional post. Got work to do ;)

Anyway, this is all about fasteners and getting a cover off.....won't be many updates.
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AMS-02's ride to space.....

....via the amazing Ascent Imagery Highlights video:

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30 mins ahead of the timeline.
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Anyone know?  (Twitter question):

"What sort of heads on the screws, Chris? Hex? Torx? "
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