NASA’s astronaut, Commander Scott Kelly, takes his first steps in space — hours before setting a new U.S. space flight record. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
A walk in space ahead of new record for Kelly
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NASA’s astronaut, Commander Scott Kelly, took his first steps in space Wednesday (October 28) hours before setting a new U.S. flight record.
He and flight engineer Kjell Lindren floated outside the International Space Station, 250 miles above the earth, shortly after 8:00 a.m. EST (1200 GMT) to begin servicing the orbiting laboratory.
The NASA duo will focus on station upgrades and maintenance tasks, including installing a thermal cover on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector.
The spacewalk is also a first for Lindren.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, Kelly, who is in the middle of a year-long mission aboard the station, will break the record for the longest stretch of time any U.S. astronaut has spent in space. That 215-day record, which equates to over 7 months, was set in 2007.
Earlier this month, Kelly broke the U.S. record for the most accumulative time in space: 383 days over four missions. By the time he returns to Earth, he will have accumulated a total 522 days in space, well short of the Russian record, set by cosmonaut Gennady Padalka.
Padalka is on schedule to set another record for the most total time in space for a human. He’s already spent more than 710 days in space, including stays both on Russia’s Mir space station and the International Space Station.
An international crew of six people live in the station, which orbits Earth every 90 minutes.