NASA astronauts install power upgrade on ISS

Jan 09, 2017, 00:25
NASA astronauts install power upgrade on ISS

Epps may not the first Black NASA astronaut in this country-there have been 14 over the years-but she is the first one to be a crew member on the coveted ISS team.

The batteries are losing their ability to hold a charge and all 48 will be replaced over the next few years with smaller, more efficient lithium-ion batteries. Dextre, the Canadian built also removed four old nickel-hydrogen batteries from the IEA. The other nine will be attached to a pallet and moved back aboard the Japanese HTV cargo ship that carried the new batteries and adapter plates into orbit last month. They have installed three of the six batteries, and will install the remaining three next Friday.

The statement from NASA follows below.

The astronauts returned to Quest, closed the hatch and began repressurization at 1:55 p.m., officially bringing the spacewalk to an end. The entire orbital ballet was conducted by the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Media may attend the briefing at Johnson or ask questions by calling the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than 1:45 p.m. January 4. NASA still has a few more sets of lithium-ion batteries and adaptor plates it needs to send up to the station for replacement.

WASHINGTON-Two American astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday to upgrade the orbiting outpost's electrical system.

Astronaut Clayton Anderson has worked with Whitson in the past. The robotic operations will not air on NASA TV.

Becoming an astronaut and preparing to be sent off to space requires a lot of education - they don't just pick any random person to head to the International Space Station - and Epps has the resume and credentials to prove that.

According to a press release, NASA first-flight astronaut Jeanette Epps will be the first African American space station crew member when she launches on her first space flight in May 2018 as a flight engineer on Expedition 56. He will be wearing a suit bearing red stripes for the fourth spacewalk of his career.