Thursday, August 30, 2012

First U.S. Spacewalk Since Shuttle

I hauled my butt out of my cozy bed at 5:00 am today so I could be on console at 6 for today's EVA, or Extra Vehicular Activity - the first U.S. EVA since the shuttle was retired.  Astronaut Suni Williams and Japanese Astronaut Aki Hoshide are floating around outside of the ISS, as I type, in the middle of a 6.5 hour spacewalk to perform maintenance on the outside of their orbiting home.  Think of it as a very well rehearsed honey-do list in space in which about 100 other people are listening in to make sure you don't mess up...  And despite the early hour, I'm actually pretty psyched to be on console supporting this, as it's one of the more exciting aspects of my new job.  You can read more about it here.
Keeping with today's EVA theme, and in memory of Neil Armstrong, I give you this week's "Increasing the Awesome" video - the MOST famous spacewalk ever - Neil's first steps onto the moon.  Enjoy!

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