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Astronauts spacewalk to replace International Space Station batteries

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NASA astronauts completed the first of two spacewalks outside the International Space Station Friday to replace batteries.

Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson spent six and a half hours outside the station, swapping out old batteries used by the station’s power system with new ones delivered on a Japanese cargo spacecraft last month.

The astronauts completed the work ahead of schedule, giving them time to perform some additional tasks at the end of the spacewalk. Kimbrough and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will perform a similar spacewalk on Friday to complete the battery replacement work. [CBS]

 


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