NASA astronauts made a 7-hour spacewalk

Астронавты NASA совершили 7-часовой выход в открытый космос

American astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken Wednesday, July 1, made another spacewalk aboard the International space station (ISS) to continue replacement of old batteries to its solar panels. About it reported in press-service NASA.

An exit in the vacuum of space started at 07:13 on the East coast of the United States. It lasted about seven hours. The astronauts replaced one of the old battery on the bearing segment S6 truss ISS, to which are attached solar panel, new, more powerful lithium-ion, but also paved the necessary power cables.

During the previous spacewalk from the station on June 26, which lasted more than six hours, Cassidy and Behnken dismantled five outdated Nickel-hydrogen batteries, which, until recently, accumulated and distributed energy from solar panels, and installed two new lithium-ion.

Battery replacement on the right side of the farm of the station began last year and continued in January. In General, the updating of the system of the power station began in January 2017. Complex repair works were carried out both on the right and left side truss of the station.

New batteries were delivered to the ISS in may, the Japanese cargo vehicle HTV. NASA reported that in July plan two more spacewalks by American astronauts for the completion of works to upgrade the energy supply system of the ISS. Currently on Board the ISS Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner and American astronauts Chris Cassidy, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken.

The ship successfully docked with the ISS on 31 may at 17:19.