NASA astronauts undertake spacewalk to replace batteries

NASA           NASA Weekly ISS Space to Ground Report for 26 June 2020

As soon as he changed a battery pack weighing 194 pounds on the outside of the global space station, a small mirror attached to his suit, broke off and sailed into space.

This photo provided by NASA shows NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and NASA Flight Engineer Bob Behnken during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday, June 26, 2020.

The lost mirror posed no threat to the ISS and its crew, and Cassidy had a spare, said.

The object came from the suit, as spacewalking astronauts wear a mirror around their wrist on each sleeve to get better views while working in space, similar to side mirrors in automobiles.

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The new lithium-ion batteries the men are replacing the old batteries with arrived at the International Space Station last month on a Japanese cargo ship. They are going to go outside the station on Wednesday, 1 July.

Once all the new batteries are installed in the coming weeks, the orbiting lab should be good for the rest of its life, according to NASA. It is hard to work with since each battery is about a meter tall and wide, and weighs 400 pounds each.

Behnken and Doug Hurley made history when they set off towards the ISS in a Space X Dragon capsule, marking the first-ever first human spaceflight through a government-private partnership.

According to Mission Control, the mirror went detached from the spacesuit of Cassidy. This was the seventh spacewalk for these astronauts in their careers. The space walk lasted 6 hours and 7 minutes. The AP is exclusively responsible for all content.

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