A French and American astronaut took a spacewalk to complete the installation of new solar arrays to add power to the International Space Station. The new panel, which will control the day-to-day operations and research projects of the ISS, has a lifespan of 15 years.
They tweeted, “Here we return to episode of the new solar-powered space journey. This is a huge effort on the part of team at all times and we’re so excited to be back.”
Their mission includes the installation of six new generation solar modules called iROSA. The two men activated the internal batteries of their spacesuits and then opened the ISS gates.
The first attempt on Wednesday ran into a few snags, most notably a problem with the spacesuit. They temporarily lost data on the appearance of their spacesuit and experienced a brief jump in the pressure of suit. They also did this twice in 2017 on a mission with connection to the space station, which orbits Earth at an altitude of about 400 kilometers.
A total of 240 space orbits have been completed on the ISS, while astronauts carry out assembly and maintenance work.