Colorado Astronaut Jack Fischer Prepares For Friday Spacewalk

Image Credit: ESA/NASA

May 11, 2017 – Expedition 51 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA is preparing for his first spacewalk on Friday, May 12, 2017. Here he is seen inside the International Space Station (ISS) in his spacesuit during a fit check.

The photograph was taken by astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (ESA). Fischer posted it to his twitter account and said, “Test driving my spacesuit for a walk outside on Friday w/@AstroPeggy…I don’t think I can smile any bigger–well, maybe I will on Friday!”

Fischer and Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA will exit the station’s Quest airlock to replace an avionics box that routes command and data information to external science experiments. Pesquet will assist the space walkers from inside the station.

This will be the 200th spacewalk at the station for assembly and maintenance, a record-breaking ninth spacewalk for Whitson, and the first for Fischer, a native of Louisville, Colorado.

NASA will provide coverage of the spacewalk on NASA Television beginning at 6:30 a.m. EDT on Friday.

To follow Fischer on Twitter visit: @Astro2fish