NASA Astronauts Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins Conduct Spacewalk

Astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover Jr. conducted a spacewalk Wednesday to upgrade and maintain the International Space Station.

It was the first spacewalk experience for Glover, who is a few months into his first spaceflight on the station.

“What a beautiful view,” Glover said after he began the spacewalk.

This was the third spacewalk for Hopkins, who previously completed two spacewalks during his first six-month venture to the space station from September 25, 2013, to March 10, 2014.

The spacewalk officially began at 6:28 a.m. ET and ended at 1:24 p.m. ET. It lasted for about six hours and 56 minutes.

This is the 233rd spacewalk in support of the space station.

Hopkins wore the spacesuit bearing red stripes as crew member 1 and Hopkins was in the spacesuit with no stripes as crew member 2.

The astronauts focused on progress with the installation of Bartolomeo, the newest payload hosting station outside the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. They worked on antenna and cable rigging to hook up power and data connections.

The Bartolomeo platform, named after the younger brother of Christopher Columbus, is the first instance of a European commercial partnership that offers a place to conduct science and technology demonstrations outside of the space station, according to the European Space Agency.

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SOURCE: CNN, Ashley Strickland