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Astronaut Shane Kimbrough - suit issue

Spacewalk Installs New ISS Solar Arrays

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Spacewalk Installs New ISS Solar Arrays – watch this special job performed live!

After more than 20 years, the International Space Station is getting new solar arrays.  And you have the chance to watch it LIVE during a spacewalk!

Shane Kimbrough of NASA Astronauts and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency venture into the vacuum of space for ~6.5 hours to install and deploy two roll-out solar arrays on the space station.

There is an issue with the Shane Kimbrough suit. He is going back to airlock where it can be sorted.  NASA says he is in no danger and should be able to continue when done.  It is a straight forward operation to fix.  From the commentary, they talk about the cooling system inside the suit.

In principle their walk is going well.  But Shane is having trouble closing the space lock door. He is being advised to hook it to a latch.  Thomas is hard at work with his screwdriver.

There is a lot of installation work to do.  Between them it should get done within a few hours.  They will experience day and night at all hours as the space station travels around.

Have you been watching? What do you think?


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