Early this morning, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet flexed his spacewalking muscles for the first time—and we got to live vicariously through him, thanks to a livestream straight from space.
Correction: Because of a time conversion error, we were astronomically off on the timing of this spacewalk. Whoopsie! It took place this morning, and the text of this article has been updated to reflect that fact. Thankfully, NASA knows that some of us space nerds aren’t awake at the crack of dawn, and it has been re-streaming highlights throughout the day. You can tune into that re-stream below.
The livestream began at 5:30am ET, with the spacewalk itself kicking off at 6:22 am ET and lasting just under 7 hours, according to Space.com.
In November, Pesquet departed Earth for his six-month mission aboard the International Space Station, called Proxima. According to the ESA, he’ll “maintain the weightless research laboratory and run scientific experiments for hundreds of researchers on Earth.”
But today, he completed a battery upgrade with the assistance of NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough. This was far from Kimbrough’s first stroll in space—on Friday, January 6, he and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson spent over 6 hours outside the ISS installing adaptor plates. That’s roughly how long it takes me to assemble a shoe rack, from Target, on Earth.
Ad astra and happy watching!