It became known that the American astronauts Kathleen Rubins and Victor Glover went into outer space from the International Space Station to carry out work to prepare for the installation of new solar panels. This was reported by the TASS news agency with reference to data from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
According to available data, the astronauts went into outer space around 06:00 on the US East Coast time (14:00 Moscow time). The countdown began at the moment when the astronauts’ suits switched to an autonomous power system. It is assumed that the astronauts will spend more than six hours to complete the assigned tasks. They will have to carry out the preparatory work that is necessary for the installation of new solar panels.
“The existing solar panels are working fine, but there are signs of wear and tear as expected as they were designed to last 15 years. The first solar panels were installed in December 2000, they have provided the station with energy for over 20 years.“, – said in the message NASA. The installation of new solar panels is due later this year.
The next spacewalk of astronauts should take place in a few days. Kathleen Rubins is expected to continue working off the ISS on March 5 with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi.
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