NASA astronauts prepare for spacewalk set to replace aging International Space Station bat: Watch Live

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2020-06-26 12:16:18

Bob Behnken and Chris Cassidy will embark on Expedition 63 to conduct Friday’s spacewalk to replace batteries on the outside of the ISS. Continue reading on WTSP.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Flight Engineer Bob Behnken is wasting no time getting to work on his first spacewalk since he and astronaut Doug Hurley arrived at the International Space Station, launching from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade.

Behnken and Commander Chris Cassidy will embark on Expedition 63 to conduct Friday’s spacewalk to replace batteries on the outside of the ISS. The duo spent Thursday finalizing preparations.

Cassidy and Behnken will “disconnect aging nickel-hydrogen batteries from the Starboard-6 truss structure and stow them on an external pallet. The duo will then install new lithium-ion batteries in their place upgrading the orbital lab’s power systems. The batteries store power collected from the main solar arrays and for use throughout the station,” according to NASA.

To prepare, the pair readied their tools and spacesuits, met with Flight Engineers Doug Hurley of NASA and Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos for a quick review of tomorrow’s procedures.

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