Two NASA astronauts are venturing outside the Intercontinental Room Station for a spacewalk now (July 1) to end replacing previous batteries on the station’s solar arrays.
Expedition 63 Cmdr. Chris Cassidy and Demo-2 astronaut Bob Behnken, who arrived at the space station on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft in May possibly, commenced at 7:13 a.m. EDT (1113 GMT) and will expend up to seven hours doing the job in the vacuum of area.
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This will be the 2nd spacewalk for Cassidy and Behnken, who done a 6-hour and 7-minute spacewalk with each other on June 26. For the duration of that spacewalk, the duo swapped out a few old nickel-hydrogen batteries on the considerably starboard truss (S6 Truss) of the station for two additional successful lithium-ion batteries. Today, they will swap out just one additional battery and wrap up ability upgrades that started in 2017. These batteries are developed to electric power the station through the end of its prepared lifetime in 2024.
The new lithium-ion batteries that Cassidy and Behnken are installing arrived at the Worldwide House Station on Japan’s HTV-9 cargo resupply spacecraft, which arrived at the station in Could.
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