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Colorado native to make emergency spacewalk

COLORADO SPRINGS - A Colorado native is one of two NASA astronauts who will venture outside of the International Space Station for an emergency spacewalk on Tuesday. 

The ISS posted on their website that astronaut Jack Fischer from Colorado along with fellow astronaut Peggy Whitson have to replace a data relay box that failed Saturday. The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at around 6 a.m. Mountain Time and will last around two and a half hours.

"The relay box, known as a multiplexer-demultiplexer (MDM), is one of two units that regulate the operation of radiators, solar arrays and cooling loops. They also will route commands to other vital station systems and install a pair of antennas to enhance wireless communication," according to the ISS website

Fischer, who is a graduate of Centaurus High School in Lafayette and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, has been on the International Space Station since April, our news partners at Denver7 reported. 

During his time on the ISS, Fischer has posted photos and videos on Twitter

Tuesday’s spacewalk will be the 10th for Whitson and the second for Fischer. 


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