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Canadarm2 gets a grip on wear and tear

Canadarm2 will be getting a new "hand" during a spacewalk scheduled for . NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle will exchange the Latching End Effector (LEE) for a new one stored on the International Space Station (ISS).

On , Vande Hei will be joined for a second spacewalk by JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai. They will attach the original LEE to the Mobile Base System.

Canadarm2's other hand was successfully replaced due to normal wear and tear during a similar procedure in . With its fresh pair of hands, the Station's robotic arm will be well equipped to continue its essential work for the ISS.

Canadarm2 is routinely used to perform maintenance tasks. It can move Dextre, equipment and even astronauts. It is also responsible for capturing and docking unpiloted spacecraft that carry everything from science payloads and critical spare parts to necessities for the crew on board the ISS.

Live coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 5:30 a.m. (EST) on NASA TV.

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