A six hour space walk outside the International Space Station (ISS) which was conducted by two Nasa astronauts to install a parking spot for commercial space taxis was completed on Friday.
This development is said to be the end of United States reliance on Russia for rides to the orbiting outspot. The US has been dependent on on Russia to ferry astronauts to and from the space station after their shuttle grounded in 2011.
Station commander Jeff Williams and flight engineer Kate Rubins floated outside the station’s airlock and headed toward the berthing slip once used by Nasa’s now retired space shuttles.
The flight engineer, Kate Rubins who made her first space-walk said it was a great achievement and a great view.
During the Friday’s space-walk by the two astronauts, they attached an adapter on the shuttles docking port that will allow commercial space taxis under development by Space Exploration Technologies and Boeing to park at the station, a $100billion research laboratory that flies about 400km above Earth.
The Nasa Commission commentator, Rob Navias said this is the new era with a new development.
“It is a gateway to a new era in commercial space”, said Rob.