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Who is astronaut Raja Chari conduct first spacewalk outside space station?

06:55 PM Mar 15, 2022 IST | Ground report
who is astronaut raja chari conduct first spacewalk outside space station

Ground Report | New Delhi: Astronaut Raja Chari; The International Space Station may be ready to retire at the end of the decade, but there is still plenty of life left in the orbiting laboratory. The space station is preparing for more powerful upgrades as two NASA astronauts perform the first spacewalk of the year on Tuesday.

Astronauts Kayla Barron, 34, and Raja Chari, 44, plan to leave the station around 8 a.m. m. EDT for a roughly six-hour spacewalk, his second and first spacewalk, respectively.


Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari, who arrived at the space station last year, will exit the safety of the airlock into the void of space for his first spacewalk. He will be joined by flight engineers Kayla Barron as they upgrade the International Space Station, whose services have been extended through 2030.

NASA officials commented on tensions over the Russian invasion of Ukraine during a news conference on Monday. Joel Montalbano, NASA’s manager of the ISS program, directly addressed comments on Twitter made by Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin, who said that Russia could suddenly withdraw from the ISS partnership.


The spacewalking duo will assemble and install retrofit kits that will enable future solar panel upgrades outside of the space station. Barron and Chari will install struts and supports that will be used to support the arrival of more deployable solar arrays from the ISS or iROSA.

Montalbán acknowledged that the space station relies on Russian boosters to raise the station’s orbit. He also said that NASA astronaut Mark van de Hei will soon travel with Russian cosmonauts to Earth in a Russian Soyuz capsule.


‘I can assure you that Mark will return home on that Soyuz,’ Montalban said. ‘We are in communication with our Russian colleagues. There is no doubt about that.’

That includes, he said, the March 18 launch of the Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft to the ISS, which will bring three Russian cosmonauts to the station. On March 30, the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft will return to Earth with Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov on board, along with NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei.


There have been media reports in recent days speculating that Vande Hei may be denied a seat on that Soyuz, based in part on a Russian video showing Shkaplerov and Dubrov leaving without Vande Hei, taking the Russian segment of the Soyuz with them. station. However, Montalbano said that Vande Hei would return as planned on Soyuz MS-19.

Astronaut Raja Chari

Raja Chari was selected by NASA to join the 2017 class of astronaut candidates. He reported for duty in August 2017. The Iowa native graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science.

He went on to earn a master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School. He currently serves as commander of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the ISS, which was released on November 10, 2021.

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