In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch conducted a successful spacewalk Wednesday to equip the International Space Station (ISS) with new batteries. The Space Launch System (SLS) core stage is at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi beginning a series of tests leading up to a “green run” ground test firing later this year. Engineers declare Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner in good shape after its first orbital test flight in December.
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Astronauts upgrade space station batteries in second all-woman spacewalkSpace.com (1/15): NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch conducted a 7 1/2 hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) early Wednesday to upgrade ISS’s solar power system batteries. Efforts to replace 12 older nickel hydrogen batteries with six more efficient lithium ion versions were interrupted in October by the failure of a battery charge/discharge unit. Meir and Koch are scheduled to team again for a spacewalk on Monday to complete the final battery exchanges.
SLS Core Stage arrives at Stennis for Green Run campaignCoalition Member in the News – BoeingNASAspaceflight.com (1/15): After a trip by barge from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the first Space Launch System (SLS) core ...