On Thursday, 3 August 2006, Expedition 13 crew members Thomas Reiter (ESA) and Jeff Williams (NASA) will perform a six and a half hour spacewalk, or Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA), from the International Space Station. You can follow events as they unfold in our 'EVA Blog' which will be available in both English and German. The blog editors will be located within the Columbus Control Centre (Col-CC) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, where they will work alongside ESA astronaut Reinhold Ewald to provide the latest images, commentary and behind-the-scenes information on the progress of the EVA, as well as additional background on the technology of spacewalking.
The spacewalk is due to start on Thursday 3 August at 15:55 CEST and is scheduled to continue until 22:15 CEST when Reiter and Williams re-enter the Quest airlock. During the spacewalk Reiter and Williams will install new equipment in preparation of future ISS assembly work. They will also mount a number of instruments and experiments on the exterior of the Station.
The two blogs, produced by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the European Space Agency (ESA), are available at the following web addresses:
http://www.esa.int/evablog_de (german)http://www.esa.int/evablog_en (english)