Frank Rubio

Frank Rubio prepares for his first spacewalk with Josh Cassada

This Tuesday morning, Frank Rubio prepares to take his first steps on a spacewalk accompanied by his crew duo, Josh Cassada, on the International Space Station (ISS).

The Salvadoran American Frank Rubio, together with his space partner Josh Cassada, will have the mission of installing a mounting bracket so that deployable solar panels can be installed in the future. The panels will serve to augment the power system on the Space Station.

Since last Monday, Nicole Mann of NASA and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who are part of «Expedition 68», assisted spacewalkers with preparations for this mission while continuing with maintenance on the orbiting lab.

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A second walk is planned for next Thursday, when the Russian cosmonauts, Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin, will leave the Space Station to work outside the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module, with the purpose of preparing a radiator to transfer it from the Rassvet module to Nauka.

Rubio and Cassada, as well as Russian cosmonauts during module transfer, are expected to spend at least seven hours outside the Space Station installing support for future solar panels.

Since September 21, the Salvadoran American, Frank Rubio, has been on board the International Space Station, along with seven astronauts and cosmonauts.

The Salvadoran was chosen by NASA to join the mission in 2017 and will spend about six months in space aboard the ISS, where he will perform various tasks as a flight engineer.