Astronaut Jeff Williams is pictured during the Aug. 19, 2016, spacewalk to install an international docking adapter (IDA). During the five-hour and 58-minute spacewalk, Williams and fellow NASA astronaut Kate Rubins successfully installed the first of two IDAs.
The IDAs will be used for the future arrivals of Boeing and SpaceX commercial crew spacecraft in development under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Commercial crew flights from Florida’s Space Coast to the International Space Station will restore America’s human launch capability and increase the time U.S. crews can dedicate to scientific research, which is helping prepare astronauts for deep space missions, including the journey to Mars.
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