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    US Astronauts Spacewalk to Install Docking Adapters for Commercial Crew Vehicles

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    Two astronauts went for a spacewalk to install a docking adapter for commercial crew spacecraft arrivals.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) —  Two International Space Station crew members installed the first of two international docking adapters (IDAs) designed to handle commercial crew spacecraft arrivals, NASA said in a press release on Friday.

    "Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins will install the first of two international docking adapters (IDAs) that will enable future arrivals of Boeing [Starliner] and SpaceX commercial crew spacecraft," the release stated.

    The two astronauts spent six hours outside the space station installing the first IDA, the release noted.

    The International Space Station is a joint project between the US, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada, and has been in orbit since 1998.


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