This content was published on Jun 20, 2021 – 17:56
On Sunday, a French and an American astronaut began a spacewalk to complete the installation of new solar panels, which will increase the power supply to the International Space Station (ISS), both announced on Twitter.
“Here we go again to the new spacewalk to install the solar panels,” tweeted Frenchman Thomas Pesquet, of the European Space Agency. He and fellow American Shane Kimbrough activated the internal batteries of their suits at 11:42 a.m. Then they opened the hatch to exit into space.
The astronauts’ mission includes installing six new-generation solar panels, known as iROSA, that will provide power for the International Space Station’s daily operations and ongoing science projects. The panels are expected to last for 15 years.
Their first outing last Wednesday had problems with data from one of the astronauts’ suits. In total, 240 space exits to the International Space Station have already been carried out, the task of which was to install equipment, carry out maintenance work and modernize the station.