In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Spacewalks outside of the ISS resumed this morning to upgrade the spacecraft’s power systems. Mars2020, slated to launch in July, is the first step in returning samples to Earth from Mars. Gen. John “Jay” Raymond sworn in as the first chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force.
Human Space Exploration
Spacewalkers begin work to upgrade power systemsNASA (1/15): NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch began a planned 6 1/2 hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday at 5:50 a.m., EST, They are resuming the exchange of new more efficient lithium ion solar power batteries for older nickel hydrogen units, a multi spacewalk effort that was halted in October when a battery charge/discharge unit failed. They are to spacewalk again on January 20 to wrap up the task, which includes the overall installation of six lithium ion for 12 nickel hydrogen batteries on the port side of the station’s long solar power truss. The batteries provide electricity while the Station is orbiting in darkness.
SpaceX, Boeing compete to launch astronauts to International Space Station (ISS)Coalition Member in the News – BoeingFlorida Today (1/14): Since their selection in 2014, NASA’s ...