Expedition 68 Flight Engineers Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio of NASA concluded their spacewalk at 2:21 p.m. EST after 7 hours and 5 minutes.
Cassada and Rubio accomplished their main goals for at present to put in an Worldwide House Station Roll-Out Photo voltaic Array (iROSA) and disconnect a cable to make sure the 1B channel might be reactivated. Additionally they accomplished an extra activity to launch a number of bolts for the upcoming iROSA set up on the 4A energy channel on the port truss.
It was the 256th spacewalk in assist of house station meeting, upgrades and upkeep, and was the second spacewalk for each astronauts. Cassada and Rubio are within the midst of a deliberate six-month science mission dwelling and dealing aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific information and reveal new applied sciences for future human and robotic exploration missions, together with lunar missions via NASA’s Artemis program.
The subsequent U.S. spacewalk is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 19, to put in an iROSA on the 4A energy channel on the port truss. This would be the fourth iROSAs out of a complete six deliberate for set up. The iROSAs will enhance energy era functionality by as much as 30%, rising the station’s complete accessible energy from 160 kilowatts to as much as 215 kilowatts.
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