On Sunday, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet began a new march in space, in order to complete the installation of new solar panels with his American teammate, Shane Kimbrough, with the aim of increasing the energy production capabilities of the International Space Station (ISS).
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This is Thomas Bisquet’s fourth spaceflight, and the second during this mission.
At 11:42 a.m., the two men turned on their suit’s internal battery, then opened the hatch of the International Space Station’s decompression chamber.
Thomas Pesquet went into the void first, followed by his teammate.
“Spacewalk Episode 2, Another long but wonderful day awaits us with Shane Kimbra,” the French tweeted a few hours before the start of the mission.
The latter aims to install six new-generation solar panels, called iROSA, on the International Space Station.
Wednesday, the “mechanics” began installing the first. But the expedition was troubled by several setbacks, including concerns about Shane Kimbrough’s suit.
“We will return to the void of space to finish the work of the first director (publishing the first solar panel) and install the second,” Thomas Peskett detailed on social networks.
This is the fourth time the two astronauts have floated together in zero gravity, having already made two spacewalks side by side in 2017, clinging to the space station that orbits 400 km above Earth.
This is the 240th flight in the history of the International Space Station.