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Astronauts plan Saturday spacewalk at space station

NASA astronaut Victor Glover, who plans to walk in space again Saturday, is shown outside the International Space Station in January. Photo courtesy of NASA
NASA astronaut Victor Glover, who plans to walk in space again Saturday, is shown outside the International Space Station in January. Photo courtesy of NASA

ORLANDO, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- Two NASA astronauts are scheduled for the fifth spacewalk of the year Saturday at the International Space Station.

Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover will exit the station's Quest airlock about 7:30 a.m. EST to conduct space-based maintenance on the orbiting platform for about 6 1/2 hours.

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Hopkins and Glover will attempt to connect power cables for the new European science platform, Bartolomeo, that they could not connect in January due to a mechanical problem.

Hopkins will wear a high-definition camera on his helmet to provide clear views of the power cable connections.

Astronauts Kate Rubins and Soichi Noguchi, who performed a spacewalk on March 5, helped Glover and Hopkins on Tuesday to prepare for their outing.

The expedition will be Glover's fourth spacewalk and the fifth for Hopkins.

20 years aboard the International Space Station

The International Space Station is photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking on October 4, 2018. NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev executed a fly-around of the orbiting laboratory to take pictures of the space station before returning home after spending 197 days in space. Photo courtesy of NASA/Roscosmos

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