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Questions regarding extra-vehicular activity, or EVA, during space exploration.

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Rescue of untethered astronaut or cosmonaut at ISS

If an astronaut or cosmonaut at the ISS becomes separated and floats away accidentally during an EVA, is there a way to rescue him or her?
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Are there really “Dead End” signs on the outside of the International Space Station?

This question currently links to the NASA video Expedition 63 Inflight interview with Yahoo Finance KPRC TV - July 24, 2020 at 07:46 where a few seconds later ...
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Did every shuttle flight after STS-5 carry EMUs onboard?

STS-5 is the first shuttle mission to carry Extravehicular Mobility Units onboard during the Space Shuttle program. Due to various issues happened during STS-5, the first extravehicular activity ...
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What would it be like to walk on the Asteroid 216 Kleopatra?

Here is some renditions of 216 Kleopatra. Kleopatra is a relatively large asteroid, measuring 217 × 94 × 81 km.Calculations from its radar albedo and the orbits of its moons show it to be a ...
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Orlan suit inside arm/hand access

I have heard than under some conditions a user of the Orlan EVA Suit can retract his/her arm inside the suit torso, then re-insert arm into suit sleeve and glove (under suit pressure). Can you confirm ...
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Could Orion be used for human exploration of Phobos and Deimos?

NASA's human space flight program plans to within 5 years or so have access to Orion and a launcher for it. Without a Lunar or Martian lander, the targets for Orion missions are limited. But given ...
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Specifications on ISS EVA suit cameras

The suits that astronauts use to preform EVA's on the ISS have some sort of "TV camera" with which they stream analog video back to the ISS and then back to Earth so that we can see it on ...
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Can an astronaut have a private communication during a spacewalk?

In this NASA page it describes an astronaut remaining in contact during an EVA. While inside these pressurized suits, it's essential that they (the astronauts) remain in constant communication ...
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Do any spacesuit designs (including prototypes, conceptual, etc) use radiators rather than open-loop cooling?

Answers to: How have space suits dissipated the heat removed from astronauts? explain how USA suits currently use open-loop cooling and do not answer this question! Typically, space suits must ...
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Are the Electronic Tools used in the ISS and in the NBL same or different?

Most of the time, we see astronauts carrying electronic tools like power drills during an EVA. They undergo training in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) for the same. Are the electronic tools used in ...
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How many female astronauts have worn the large space suit on a space walk?

The recent all-female spacewalk was canceled because Anne McCain felt the medium sized suit was the correct choice for her for safety reasons, and there weren't enough medium sized suits. Of course, ...
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Has any living thing been directly exposed to the vacuum of space

In our several decades of spaceflight have we ever exposed any living organism to space? I'm pretty sure this hasn't happened to Humans, but have we jettisoned some lab rats into space ("for science") ...
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How bright is starlight in deep space?

Say I'm way out in deep space and on EVA. If I turn off all sources of illumination, can I basically still see, or am I severely impaired by darkness? Of course I can still see the stars, but will ...
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How do astronauts deal with micrometeorites during EVA?

There's always micrometeorites in orbit, and they constantly hit the ISS. So my question is during EVA, how do astronauts protect themselves? Is their suit designed to take impact? Since there are ...
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Who put their spacesuit boots on the wrong feet?

Was just reading Mike Massimino's memoir Spaceman and came across this fascinating line: Another time a spacewalker - and this is a true story - accidentally put his right boot on his left foot ...
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Was any hole in the upper layers of the Apollo suits found caused by a micrometeorite impact?

What about the micrometeorite protection layers of the Apollo suits used for lunar EVA? Was any hole found after landing on Earth?
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What would happen if you wore 'soft suit'(IVA suit) in the vacuum of space?

I am looking for the effects (mainly in the short term) that you would experience if you were to go on an EVA wearing an IVA suit. For example, I don't think that the IVA suits have any form of ...
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EVA on rotating spacecraft - differences from microgravity

What would an extra-vehicular activity (EVA) be like on a spacecraft which consists of modules along a (100s of meters long) rotating tether that causes simulated gravity? See for example these slides ...
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Has there been any program to develop tiny pod-like vehicles with manipulator arms for extra-vehicular activities?

Remember the pressurized repair / assembly pods from 2001 A Space Odyssey and so many other space visionary works? Has there been any programs to design & build tiny vehicles like that with ...
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Can astronauts in currently planned pressure suits survive a cabin which cannot be repressurized?

Imagine the Crew Dragon (or Stariner or Orion) has just achieved orbit. Due to a manufacturing flaw or a meteor, the window suddenly blows out. All 6 of the crew manages to get their suit visor's ...
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Are deep-space EVAs part of the Artemis plan?

During Apollos 15, 16, and 17, the first deep-space EVAs were performed to retrieve film canisters from the exterior of the vehicle while in translunar space on the way home, producing what is, ...
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How frequenty have space walkers been changed based on space suit configuration?

On Friday, March 29, two astronauts were supposed to conduct what would have become the first all female space walk, Christina Koch and Anne McClain. After her first space walk on March 22, Anne ...
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Why are crew EVA cuff checklists wrapped in Kapton tape?

As seen in this image below, the cuff checklists have Kapton tape wrapped around their edges. What is the reason for this?
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What is the fastest time for donning a space suit?

We have the question Time to prepare for EVA out of ISS that has a good and complete answer about the hours to days long process to prepare for an EVA from the ISS. My question is just about getting ...
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Were shuttle and ISS spacewalks always done with two astronauts?

Even if only one astronaut is needed for an EVA, it makes sense to have a second suited up and outside in case of an emergency. Was there ever any exception to this number (e.g. 1 or 3) for the space ...
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ISS Repair/Maintenance Tools

Are the tools like the driver and the bolts on the ISS magnetized to prevent losing them when doing repair/maintenance? Is there a special way to prevent it other than magnets?
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Why are the ISS' Sequential Shunt Units not on the inside?

Recently Tim Peake and Tim Kopra carried out an EVA to replace a failed Sequential Shunt Unit, some form of electrical regulator for the solar panels, on the outside of the ISS. Why aren't these ...
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Can Orion (or Dragon or CST-100) be upgraded to do multiple EVA's (space walks)?

Orion is designed to support only one EVA. There's no airlock so the entire spacecraft would be evacuated of air during the space walk and then repressurized from gas flasks, with a storage enough for ...
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Was this large pieces of “space junk” just released from the ISS in the “nadir and retrograde” direction?

According to Space.com's 02-Feb-2018 article Cosmonauts Break Russian Spacewalk Record During Space Station Antenna Repair: The cosmonauts spent the day replacing an electronics box for a high-gain ...
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Current and near-future space suit odor reduction technology

Fox News' Bill Nye says Mars colonies won't happen: 'Are you guys high?' gives some highlights of science educator Bill Nye (The Science Guy)'s thoughts on Mars, moving there, living in artificial ...
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Can astronauts on an EVA communicate directly with ground stations?

Can astronauts/cosmonauts performing spacewalks at the International Space Station communicate directly with radio stations on the ground (even if only as a back-up)? Or do they need to relay their ...
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High velocity particle impact on humans in outer space

The Earth is constantly bombarded by matter from space. Is there any risk of high velocity dust particle/micro-object (cosmic garbage e.g.) impact on astronauts while in outer space? What chance is ...
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Could suitports on Orion/Dragon2/CST-100 make multiple EVA's available?

Suitports seem like a brilliant idea that saves lots of mass and complexity compared to an airlock, which traditionally is a dumb pressurizable gas wasting tube where the astronaut suits up. The first ...
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In layman's terms, how hot will the skin of a spacecraft become, 144 million miles from the Sun?

Ok, last week I asked how hot would a piece of metal become at a distance from Earth to Mars facing the Sun. Thank you for all the nice replies, but I do not have much math knowledge. So let me ...
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Did the Apollo astronauts hear any external sounds during a lunar EVA?

Did any sounds resonate through their boots or any part of their environmental suit? Could they hear the folding or rubbing of the material of their suits? Did anything impact their boots that might ...
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How can space suit gloves be improved?

Gloves on space suits are hard to use because of their high gas pressure relative to the surrounding vacuum. It's simply strenuous to bend the fingers and astronauts are even said to lose their nails ...
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What dangers are astronauts exposed to when facing the sun?

In this live stream, we have an astronaut facing the sun (we've seen his hands actually): I thought people doing an EVA should avoid the sun at all cost, but here he's facing it. From what kind of ...
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Were there any spacecraft not configured for a spacewalk?

Since the first spacewalks were preformed, have there been any spacecraft that didn't allow for a spacewalk?
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Is this still a problem with the spacewalk granola bar?

During the Shuttle era, EVA suits had a holder for a granola bar, which gave astronauts something to snack on during long spacewalks. The food bar of compressed fruit, grain, and nuts is wrapped in ...
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How many people can go on a spacewalk?

According to the lists of spacewalks (1965-1999, 2000-2014), spacewalks have all consisted of only two people. The only exceptions are the very early space missions, where only one person went out, ...
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What are the “25 bespoke tools (that) had to be developed” to install a new coolant system for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS)?

The 2020 Jan/Feb issue of the CERN Courier has an astronaut on its front cover and on the next page From the Editor begins: It’s not often that CERN Courier has the opportunity to feature an ...
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Have astronauts gotten sick on EVA?

In lots of science fiction, people have EVA suits which automatically preform First Aid or administer temporary medical help (such as painkiller injections) so that they can get themselves to a safe, ...
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Why were these spacewalks so short?

I got lost down the wiki hole and ended up reading a page on Sergei Avdeyev when I noticed that he has 2 very short spacewalks listed: MIR EO-20 – 8 December 1995 – 0 hours, 37 minutes MIR EO-...
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How badly would commodity handheld power tools, with cheap “duct tape” modifications, work in (EVA) space?

Popular articles about the handheld power tools used on EVA by astronauts usually focus substantially on how much specialized engineering goes into making these tools. And there definitely are a lot ...
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Work done on spacewalks

What do most of the jobs done on spacewalks consist of? Changing small pieces on the ISS? Unbolting/unplugging a piece and putting the new one in?
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Could the Orlan-MK use an umbilical if need be?

According to the Wikipedia article on the Orlan space suit, all models of the suit after and including the Orlan-DM were designed to be self-sustaining: The first Orlan suits were attached to the ...
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Is it possible to create an overridable inflatable airlock seal?

If the information I obtained is correct, inflatable airlocks are sealed by the air pressure and cannot be unlocked unless the pressure is lowered(correct me if I'm wrong). Additionally, airlocks ...
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Could a pressure suit be used for a short emergency EVA?

What if a docking accident leaves the spacecraft depressurized and unable to re-pressurize. The hatch may be jammed/ punctured or a window blown. In such a scenario, the astronauts would have their ...
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What parameters should be monitored during spacewalks?

When an astronaut goes to outer space, what can you measure? I'm thinking about the person's safety, so this is what I got so far: Oxygen level Heart beat Suit pressure Blood pressure Solar radiation ...
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If you fell into a crater on the moon in your spacesuit and no jetpack, is there a way to use low gravity to get out of the hole?

If you fell down a crater or hole on the moon, is there a way to exploit microfravity/low gravity to get to the top? Lets say your survived a fall into Aristarchus crater on the moon with a slow slide ...