NASA astronauts install supports for solar panels on the ISS

Astronauts Kathleen Rubins and Victor Glover went into outer space from the International Space Station to prepare for the installation of new solar panels.

The astronauts went into outer space at about 06:00 US East Coast time (14:00 Moscow time). The countdown began at the moment when the astronauts’ spacesuits switched to an autonomous power system.

Rubins and Glover were out of the ISS for seven hours and four minutes. In particular, they prepared the basis for the installation of new solar panels. Installation is expected to begin later this year.

As stated in NASA, due to the fact that the number of experiments on the ISS has increased, increased energy consumption. The six new solar panels, which SpaceX have supplied, should increase the station’s electrical capacity by 30%.

The existing solar panels are working fine but showing signs of wear and tear as expected as they were designed to last 15 years. The first solar panels were installed in December 2000 and have provided the station with energy for over 20 years.


Rubins is slated to make another spacewalk on March 5. Her partner will be the Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. They will continue to prepare for the installation of new batteries.

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