Check Out a Livestream of Two Astronauts On a Spacewalk Outside The International Space Station

Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 7:06PM
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Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 7:06PM
Check Out a Livestream of Two Astronauts On a Spacewalk Outside The International Space Station
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As live-streaming becomes more commonplace, it's a wonder that NASA's Twitch account isn't more widely known. After all, nobody else can stream from space so easily.

Earlier today, NASA broadcast a nearly seven hour spacewalk over Twitch, a live video-streaming platform typically used for watching people play video games. For six hours and 49 minutes, American astronauts Drew Feustal and Ricky Arnold suited up in full spacesuits to move around the exterior of the International Space Station to prepare it for some upcoming arrivals. 

Later this year, SpaceX and Boeing will both be sending spacecrafts containing supplies (no new astronauts, since three astronauts just arrived at the ISS last week), and the two astronauts had to install some new brackets and cameras with the help of the space station's resident robotic arm. While the full, nearly eight hour stream can still be seen here on Twitch, we've included some highlights NASA posted to YouTube below.

Here's Arnold and Feustel first leaving the safety of the ISS interior to start trekking along the outside of the station:



And here's further along in the spacewalk, when they've arrived at their destination and are moving around while Earth lazily sits in the background. You can even see the robotic arm in the upper right corner of the final video:







Now that SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner can safely arrive, they're one step closer to eventually sending humans to the space station. The flights later this year, while containing important supplies, will also serve as a test to see if SpaceX and Boeing, the bitter rivals that they are, can be trusted to send humans into space.

Currently, humans are only sent into space on Russian Soyuz rockets and spacecrafts, and SpaceX in particular is very interested in convincing NASA to use their Falcon 9 rockets instead. For all their successful launches, they've never had a manned launch just yet - it was only a dummy sitting in the Tesla that the Falcon Heavy rocketed off into space.

But until that happens, it's cool to see what some of the only people off-world are up to.

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