Maintaining the International Space Station requires a lot of hard work on the part of astronauts. Members aboard the ISS, for example, have to constantly monitor strange science experiments, clean the station’s toilets and, of course, go on numerous spacewalks. In a new time-lapse video, we get a glimpse into the difficulty and difficulty of spacewalks. (We still want to make one though.)
JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Space Station Commander Aki Hoshide captured the time lapse, which comes via Laughing squid. The video features two astronauts, one from the European Space Agency Thomas Pesquet, as well as NASA Shane Kimbrough. Both have traveled to the Space Station several times.
In the video, Pesquet and Kimbrough take the steps necessary to install a new solar panel; an ISS power supply manager. ESA notes that the astronauts had to remove these “Roll-Out Solar Arrays” from their storage container outside the Space Station, then move them from one spacewalker to another until everything hit. the site.
As for the actual installation process, it looks like things went well. For the most part, anyway. There was “a little technical problem with Shane’s spacesuit.” [that] required him to return to the airlock and restart his display and control module “during the spacewalk, ESA notes in the description of the video. Which looks like a minor problem here on Earth. But a much bigger one in space.
Despite the hiccups, the mission obviously went well. Although for timing reasons, the astronaut duo had to split the work into two separate spacewalks. Pesquet also wrote on Twitter that astronauts will need to install four more grids before the power system is fully operational. Something tells us, however, that the astronaut duo won’t be dealing with another thrilling day of spacewalk in the vacuum of space.
Feature image: ESA
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