Two US astronauts on spacewalk to upgrade ISS

2017-01-08 11:29
Astronaut Peggy Whitson takes a spacewalk outside the International Space Station to hook up fancy new batteries. (NASA via AP)

Astronaut Peggy Whitson takes a spacewalk outside the International Space Station to hook up fancy new batteries. (NASA via AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - Two American astronauts have ventured outside the International Space Station to work on upgrading the orbiting outpost's electrical system.

Americans Shane Kimbrough, the 49-year-old commander of the six-person crew aboard the ISS and flight engineer Peggy Whitson, 56, emerged from an airlock for a spacewalk to install adapter plates.  They also made electrical connections for three of six new lithium-ion batteries installed on the station's truss, according to the US space agency NASA.

Japan's uninhabited H-II Transfer Vehicle, or HTV, delivered the batteries last month. The Canadian-built Dextre robotic arm began the installation to pave the way for the astronauts' work.

Kimbrough and Whitson were assisted by European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, 38 and Oleg Novitskiy of Russia from inside the station. The entire orbital ballet was conducted by the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas.

The new batteries are expected to last as long as the ISS is expected to remain in use - until at least 2024.

It was the 196th overall spacewalk for space station assembly and maintenance.

Read more on:    nasa  |  iss  |  us

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

Chocolate can be fatal for dogs

Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine that is similar to caffeine and is toxic to dogs at certain levels.

 
 

Paws

Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Do you know what you are feeding your dog?
Watch: Proof animals have souls
Would you clone your pet?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.