New spaceship smell

We have mentioned the 'new-car smell' of a fresh Automated Transfer Vehicle before, but never wondered how long it takes for it to dissapear. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and ATV Georges Lemaître loadmaster provides the answer in this tweet: Both @astro_reid and I recently noticed that #ATV5 has finally traded the scent of a brand new space ship for a neutral #ISS scent — Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) October 23, 2014 So from docking on 12 August to now gives roughly two months for a newly-arrived spacecraft to blend in with the International Space Station.

Alexander and Sasha after ATV-5 docking. Credits: ESA/NASA
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Relive ATV docking – from inside the Space Statio...

This 3-minute video shows excerpts of how ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and Roscosmos cosmonaut Sasha Skvortsov monitored the docking of ATV Georges Lemaître with the International Space Station on August 12. An ATV docking is a mix...

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A perfect walk

Alexander Gerst and Reid Wiseman finished their 27th US-led spacewalk in six hours and 13 minutes when they returned to the Quest module, closed the hatch and started to repressurise the airlock. They moved a pump module...

Leaving Canadarm behind. Credits: ESA

Third spacewalk task: install power upgrade

The last of the planned tasks is possible the hardest: installing an upgraded powerunit to the International Space Station's movable powered cart. Until now the MTRA cart could move objects along the Station's truss but not keep...

Replacing light. Credits: NASA

Second task: changing light

As Reid Wiseman cleans up the freshly secured pump module, Alexander was moved by robotic arm to the EVCG CP13 Light for an R&R. In normal speak this means that he will replace the light on a...

Installing pump module. Credits: NASA

Installing the pump module

Once Alexander Gerst is moved into position on the Station's robotic arm - controlled by NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore from inside - Reid and Alexander will work together to install the pump module. The module will be...

Mission control overview screen. Credits: ESA

Spacewalk first task: retrieve failed pump module

Alexander and Reid's first task is their main job for this spacewalk. Moving a failed pump module to a different location.The large pump module weighs 100s of kg and is now stored on a movable cart on...

First view of Reid. Credits: NASA

Outside!

Alexander and Reid have left the Space Station and will start collecting all the equipment they need. Alexander will pass bags to Reid to strap them to his spacesuit. They will do a buddycheck to make sure...

Installing SAFER on Alexander Gerst. Credits: NASA

Best to be SAFER

Alexander and Reid have donned their SAFER units that are their backup if they ever lose grip of the International Space Station. The SAFER backpack (Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue) a jetpack that expells nitrogen jets to...

Preparing for spacewalk. Credits: NASA

Prebreathing explained

Before the Alexander and Reid head out into deep space they 'prebreathe'' to purge their bodies of nitrogen. Inside the International Space Station the astronauts live in air at pressures similar to on Earth. Outside their is...