If you have even a passing interest in NASA, you should know about two upcoming events set to air in the coming days.
First, NASA will cover the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station on August 26.
The Dragon spacecraft arrived at the station on July 20 to deliver 5,000 pounds of supplies, experiments and equipment. Part of the payload were the parts necessary to create an additional docking port for future missions.
On July 20, you can watch NASA TV’s coverage of the dragon departure beginning at 5:45 am EDT. The craft will detach from the ISS, move a safe distance and then fire its engines at approximately 10:56 am before making the descent back to earth. Splashdown is expected at about 11:47 am — 326 miles west of Baja California, Mexico.
Next, on September 1, two NASA astronauts will walk outside the ISS for the second time in a span of under two weeks.
The coverage begins at 6:30 am EDT and the six-and-a-half hour spacewalk is set to get underway at 8 am.
Flight Engineer Kate Rubins and Commander Jeff Williams will attempt to retract a thermal radiator. The part, a backup used in the station’s cooling system, had previously been deployed in an effort to fix an ammonia leak. While outside, the duo will perform other tasks, such as installing a high-definition television camera and tightening struts on a solar array unit.
If the spacewalk itself is too early for you, NASA plans to preview the walk and detail its purpose at 2 pm this Wednesday.
You can catch the action by visiting NASA TV.