In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA spacewalking astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch complete the latest external battery upgrade on the International Space Station (ISS). NASA and SpaceX Commercial Crew test flight could be extended to increase Space Station crew in 2020. U.S. and China plan possible civil space dialogue in March.
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Third all-female spacewalk completes job of swapping out batteriesCBS News (1/20): NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch, who on October 18 conducted the first all-woman spacewalk, joined for a third excursion on Monday to complete a solar power system battery upgrade outside the International Space Station (ISS). Over five NASA spacewalks dating to October 6, the Space Station crew replaced a dozen aging nickel hydrogen batteries with six, smaller, and more efficient lithium ion batteries. It was the third of four campaigns to replace all 48 of the older nickel hydrogen batteries distributed across eight power channels on the Station’s long solar power truss to help extend the life of the six person orbiting science laboratory.
NASA considering extended Crew Dragon test flight to ISSSpaceNews.com (1/19): NASA is assessing an option to extend Demo-2, SpaceX’s crewed test flight to the International Space Station ...