Astronauts install new solar arrays during spacewalk

Shane Kimbrough, Thomas Pesquet venture outside International Space Station

Astronauts conduct spacewalk to install solar arrays on ISS
Astronauts conduct spacewalk to install solar arrays on ISS

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Astronauts have finished unfurling a new pair of solar panels outside the International Space Station.

It was the third spacewalk in just over a week for NASA’s Shane Kimbrough and France’s Thomas Pesquet. They floated out Friday to add the second in a series of powerful new solar wings that should keep the space station running the rest of this decade.

The move should have been done in two spacewalks, but spacesuit and other problems hampered last week’s effort.

NASA added a third spacewalk to connect and unfurl the second solar wing. This time, everything went smoothly.


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