For the fourth time in his career, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet went out on Sunday into the void of space to install solar panels aimed at increasing the energy production capabilities of the International Space Station. Pesquet accompanied his fellow American astronaut, Shane Kimbrough, to complete their mission, which began on Wednesday, but some technical problems prevented its completion, most notably related to the American astronaut’s uniform.
Sunday started pioneer French astronaut Thomas Pesquet And American Shane Kimbrough is a new journey into the void of space to complete the task of installing solar panels aimed at increasing the energy production capabilities of the International Space Station. This exit into space is Pisquet’s fourth in his career, and the second during his current mission.
In order to secure a safe exit, the two men turned on the space suit’s internal battery at 11:42 GMT, then opened the hatch of the decompression chamber on the International Space Station. Pesquet first went out into the void, then his colleague followed him.
Pesquet tweeted hours before his new mission, writing, “It’s the second episode of our exit into space. Another long but amazing day ahead, Shane Kimbrough and I.”
Astronaut Thomas Pesquet
Here we go again for the episode ✌️ of spacewalking and installing the new solar array. Today we finish installing the first and start preparing the second! It’s a huge team effort every time and couldn’t be happier to get back to it Tweet embed https://t.co/cXBB3MSugD pic.twitter.com/OWNrJQeguy
– Thomas Bisquet (@Thom_astro) June 20 2021
The mission aims to install six new-generation solar panels called “E Rosa” on the International Space Station.
The two pioneers began installing the first of the six panels on Wednesday, but some technical problems marred the task and prevented it from being fully completed, most notably related to the Shine Kimbro suit.
“We will return to the void of space to finish the work of the first flight (the installation of the first solar panel) and install the second,” Pesquet added on social networks.
This is the fourth time that the two astronauts have floated together outside of gravity, after they completed two flights to outer space side by side in 2017, at an altitude of 400 km above Earth, suspended from the International Space Station. As for their third joint flight, it was Wednesday.
The new flight is the 240th in the history of the International Space Station.
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