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US and French astronauts make ISS spacewalk

US and French astronauts make ISS spacewalk

20/6/2021 10:38:00 PM

US and French astronauts make ISS spacewalk

A French and an American astronaut embarked on a spacewalk on Sunday to complete the installation of new solar panels to boost power supplies to ...

WorldThis NASA TV frame grab captured on Jun 20, 2021 shows US astronaut Shane Kimbrough seen from French astronaut Thomas Pesquet's helmet camera as the two installed a solar panel array on the International Space Station. (Photo: AFP/Handout)21 Jun 2021 03:14AM

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Share this contentBookmarkWASHINGTON: A French and an American astronaut embarked on a spacewalk on Sunday to complete the installation of new solar panels to boost power supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), they announced on Twitter."Here we go again for episode (2) of the new solar array installation spacewalks," tweeted Thomas Pesquet, a Frenchman with the European Space Agency.

AdvertisementAdvertisement"It is a huge team effort each time and couldn't be happier to return with @astro_kimbrough," he said, referring to his American colleague Shane Kimbrough, a NASA astronaut.The two men activated the internal batteries in their space suits at 1142 GMT, then opened the hatch to the ISS airlock.

Their mission includes installing six new-generation solar panels, referred to as iROSA.The new panels, which will power both daily operations and the research and science projects carried out on the ISS, are expected to have a 15-year lifespan.Advertisement

AdvertisementA first effort on Wednesday ran into several snags, notably problems with Kimbrough's spacesuit. He temporarily lost data on his spacesuit display unit, and then suffered a brief spike in the suit's pressure reading.Sunday's outing was the fourth time the two astronauts had ventured into space together.

In addition to Wednesday's spacewalk, they did so twice on a 2017 mission, attached by tethers to the space station as it orbits the Earth at an altitude of about 400 kilometres.In all, there have been 240 ISS spacewalks as astronauts carry out the work of assembling and maintaining, as well as upgrading, the station.

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