Colorado Astronaut Kjell Lindgren Preps For 2nd Spacewalk

Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren prepare their extravehicular mobility unit spacesuits and tools in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. Kelly and Lindgren will use the spacesuits for a spacewalks outside the station Nov. 6, 2015.  Image Credit: NASA

Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren prepare their extravehicular mobility unit spacesuits and tools in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. Kelly and Lindgren will use the spacesuits for a spacewalks outside the station Nov. 6, 2015. Image Credit: NASA

November 4, 2015 – Colorado astronaut Kjell Lindgren and fellow NASA astronaut Scott Kelly are preparing for their second spacewalk, scheduled for November 6. NASA Television and online coverage will begin at 3:45 a.m. MST ahead of the spacewalk’s planned start time of 5:10 a.m. MST.

Expedition 45 Commander Kelly and Flight Engineer Lindgren organized their spacewalk tools today and attached checklists to their spacesuit cuffs. Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui, who will coordinate Friday’s spacewalk from inside the International Space Station, assisted Kelly and Lindgren with their tool checks.

Lindgren and Kelly are expected to spend six hours outside the ISS, floating more than 200 miles above the Earth, to work on the spacecraft’s cooling system.

Lindgren and Kelly took their first walk in space October 27 to work on the station’s Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, designed to measure antimatter in cosmic rays, and search for evidence of dark matter. The astronauts also worked on power and data cables to prepare for the installment of a docking port for other spacecraft.

Lindgren earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He continued his education, earning a master’s degree in cardio-physiology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and a medical degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. Lindgren began working as a flight surgeon at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in 2007 before his selection to the astronaut corps in 2009.