You can watch two astronauts take a spacewalk to fix a $2 billion space experiment today. Here's how.

NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan holds on to a handrail during the second spacewalk to repair the International Space Station's cosmic particle detector, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, on Nov. 22, 2019. (Image credit: NASA)

NASA is sending a pair of astronauts on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (Jan. 25) to finish fixing a complicated science experiment. Here's how to watch it live.

NASA TV began streaming the spacewalk around 5:30 a.m. EST (1030 GMT) as European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano (opens in new tab) and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan complete their final spacewalk preparations. You can watch it live here on Space.com (opens in new tab). The spacewalk is expected to start around 6:50 a.m. EST (1150 GMT), when the astronauts will switch their spacesuits over to battery power before heading out of the airlock.

The astronauts will focus on installing a new cooling apparatus and lines on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (opens in new tab) (AMS), an aging experiment on the International Space Station that searches for cosmic rays, as well as dark matter and dark energy (mysterious phenomena thought to make up most of the universe), among other phenomena. This is the fourth spacewalk for Morgan and Parmitano on the AMS, following up on work in November and December.

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ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano (left) and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan work on U.S. spacesuits they will wear on a spacewalk scheduled for Jan. 25.  (Image credit: NASA)

The AMS was not originally designed for in-space servicing, but its work is of such value to the scientific community that NASA drew up new procedures and new tools to tackle the repair and upgrade work. The agency has said that this is the most complex set of spacewalks (opens in new tab) undertaken since the last mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, in 2009.

The duo's last AMS spacewalk was on Dec. 2 (opens in new tab), when the astronauts put a new coolant pump outside the space station. That pump will help to keep the AMS at the proper temperature needed for its detectors to function. Guiding the spacewalk from the ground will be Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen, who led the team creating the AMS repair procedures and simulating the associated work in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, a large pool meant to simulate the feeling of spacewalking.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. Elizabeth's reporting includes an exclusive with Office of the Vice-President of the United States, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, 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 (soon) a Bachelor of History from Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace