Astronaut's-Eye View: Stunning Spacewalk Video Captures Vistas from Space

Spacewalk view screenshot

Against the backdrop of a shiny blue Earth, two Expedition 50 crewmembers used their hands and a robotic arm to perform maintenance on the International Space Station, and a new video captured a stunning astronaut's-eye view of the spacewalk.

The European Space Agency recently posted the high-definition video from the Jan. 13 spacewalk. It shows French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough (with red stripes on his suit) upgrading the space station's power.

The two astronauts were outside the space station for more than 6 hours while they installed lithium-ion batteries and adapter plates. In between close-up views of the astronauts' work, the video occasionally shows glimpses of Earth below. At one point, the Dextre robot, a space station attachment that does refueling tests and other tasks, comes into view.

The video also shows the challenges of working in microgravity. In one clip, the floating end of a cable hits Pesquet in the face. Another clip shows Pesquet carefully crawling along the side of the space station, with a dizzying view of the station's solar panels and the Earth below.

The spacewalk was Pesquet's first and Kimbrough's fourth. Earlier in January, Kimbrough and NASA's Peggy Whitson took another spacewalk to upgrade the power, including hooking up electrical connections and installing adapter plates for three of the six new lithium-ion batteries.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: