Astronauts Install Hardware on Outside of ISS Written 16 November 2022


NASA astronaut and Expedition 68 Flight Engineer Josh Cassada is pictured during a seven-hour and 11-minute spacewalk to ready the ISS's starboard truss structure for future rollout solar array installation work. | Credit: Frank Rubio/; NASA

CNN reports, “First-time spacewalkers and NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio began their excursion outside the space station at 9:14 a.m. ET and ended at 4:25 p.m. ET, lasting for 7 hours and 11 minutes.” The purpose of the excursion was to assemble a mounting bracket on the space station’s starboard side, which will allow for more rollout solar arrays (iROSAs), which will increase the power to the space station. “The first two rollout solar arrays were installed outside the station in June 2021. Six iROSAs total have been planned and will likely boost the space station’s power generation by more than 30% once all are operational.”
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