Spacewalkers Complete Construction Job on Space Station Power Upgrade

Spacewalkers Complete Construction Job on Space Station Power Upgrade ...

Koichi Wakata (top) and Nicole Mann (bottom) are working on the starboard truss structure to enhance the space station's power generation system. Credit: NASA

Nicole Mann and Koichi Wakata, a NASA astronaut, completed their spacewalk at 2:26 p.m. EST after six hours and 41 minutes.

Mann and Wakata completed their major objective for today, which was to construct a mounting platform on the 1A power channel that was completed during a spacewalk on January 20. Additionally, they removed a flexible foot restraint from the P6 truss for future spacewalk tasks and installed cables for the next pair of International Space Station Roll-Out Solar Arrays.

During a seven-hour and 21-minute spacewalk on January 20, 2023, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) engineer Koichi Wakata, appears in his Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) preparing for the next roll-out solar array. Credit: NASA

Four iROSAs have been installed so far, and two additional arrays will be installed during future spacewalks following their arrival later this year on SpaceX's 28th commercial resupply services mission for NASA.

The second spacewalk in 2023 was for both astronauts.

Mann and Wakata are on a six-month science exploration mission to the moon, sponsored by NASA's Artemis missions.

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