July 29, 2021

ISS astronauts complete six hours of space travel to install solar panels | Location

French and American astronauts complete six-hour spaceflight as they install new solar panels International Space Station (ISS), NASA said.

“It’s a great team effort every time and can not be happier to return with இருக்கastro_kimbrough,” French player Thomas Pesket tweeted on Sunday, referring to his American teammate Shane Kimbero. Basket is with Europeans Location Agency, Kimberly with NASA.

The two men, who arrived at the space station in late April, activated the internal batteries in their space cases at 11.42 GMT and then opened the hatch for the ISS aircraft.

The European Space Agency’s Thomas Pesket (L) is attached to a small foot control at the end of the Condom 2 robot arm carrying new roll-out solar arrays toward the International Space Station’s P-6 truss structure next to American astronaut Shane Kimberly. Photo: NASA / AFP / Getty Images

They continued to install, assemble and assemble six new generation solar panels referred to as Euroza for roll-out solar array.

The solar wing rolled like a red carpet, and once the final set bolt was released it relied solely on bent-up power. The slow but steady extension took 10 minutes, with station cameras providing live TV footage. “It’s beautiful,” Baskett called.

“Well, both of you,” Mission Control responded after the operation. “It was nice to see.”

After a six-and-a-half-hour spaceflight, Kimbero, who has three children, wished all flight control dads “Happy Father’s Day.” “Thank you for working with us on a Sunday.”

The new solar unit – five more to come – will provide the necessary electrical impetus as tests and space for the aging station increase demand for tourists.

The 19-meter (60-foot) panels were delivered to the station by an unopened SpaceX aircraft earlier this month. The astronauts are due to complete the installation of the second solar panel line on Friday.

The panels will power both the day-to-day operations and research and science projects carried out at ISS, and are expected to have a lifespan of 15 years.

The first spaceflight on Wednesday ran on several snacks, especially issues with Kimbero’s space suit. He temporarily lost data on his Space Suite display unit, and then briefly increased the suite pressure reading.

American astronaut Shane Kimbero watched from European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Baskett's helmet camera, adjusting bolts and expanding and aligning the solar panel.
American astronaut Shane Kimbero watched from European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Baskett’s helmet camera, adjusting bolts and expanding and aligning the solar panel. Photo: Lisabeth Menzies / NASA TV / AFP / Getty Images

This is the fourth time the two astronauts have gone into space together. In addition to space on Wednesday, they did so twice in 2017, with the space station connected by tethers orbiting the Earth at an altitude of about 400 kilometers (250 miles).

In total, there are 240 ISS astronauts as the astronauts assemble and carry out tasks such as assembling and maintaining the station.

Agencies France-Press and the Associated Press contributed to this report