In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Preparations for solar array upgrades continue at the International Space Station. Perseverance moves on Mars for the first time.
Human Space ExplorationSpacewalkers continue solar power system upgradeCBS News (3/5): Spacewalking astronauts Kate Rubins, of NASA, and Soichi Noguchi, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), successfully prepared two solar power channels on the International Space Station (ISS) for the upcoming addition of Roll Out Solar Arrays (ROSA) during a seven-hour spacewalk on Friday. In all, six of the ISS’s eight solar power channels are to be equipped with the new ROSAs over the coming year. The upgrade should increase the solar power generation aboard the orbiting science laboratory by about 30 percent.
ISS crew seals off first air leak in Russia’s Zvezda moduleSputnik International of Russia (3/6): Cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) sealed off the first of two jagged cracks in the Russian segment of the Zvezda service module believed to be responsible for a small but persistent air leak. Both cracks are set to be sealed by March 12. (Editor’s note: Sputnik International is a Russian owned news source).
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