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Spacewalkers finish swapping batteries

Two astronauts made fast work of a battery improve at this time through the Worldwide Area Station’s second spacewalk in every week.

NASA’s Shane Kimbrough and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet put in three new adapter plates and connected three new lithium-ion batteries throughout an outing that lasted practically six hours.

They completed up their main duties in lower than three hours, leaving loads of time for “get-ahead” upkeep duties.

We did it! @Astro_Kimbrough & @Thom_Astro rejoice this morning’s profitable #spacewalk with an orbital high-five:

— NASA (@NASA) January 13, 2017

At this time’s operation went as easily as last Friday’s spacewalk to hook up the primary three lithium-ion batteries. The coffee-table-sized modules exchange a set of heavier, much less environment friendly nickel-hydrogen batteries.

The area station’s robotic arm offered an help for transferring the brand new batteries into place, and putting the previous batteries on a platform connected to Japan’s HTV robotic cargo ship. The Japanese craft, and the previous batteries, shall be set unfastened to fritter away throughout atmospheric re-entry subsequent month.

Nonetheless extra batteries are due to get replaced over the subsequent couple of years. The operation is aimed toward bettering the efficiency of the system that shops up the ability generated by the area station’s large photo voltaic wings.


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