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Today’s Deep Space Extra

29 Jun 2020, 14:06 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts have begun a series of spacewalks to complete a solar power system battery upgrade outside the International Space Station (ISS). The Canadian Space Agency selects a contractor for a third space robot arm, the latest destined for the NASA led, lunar orbiting human tended Gateway. In a new Op Ed, Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, President and CEO of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, discusses the technical and geopolitical aspects of NASA’s Artemis program that explain why NASA’s mission to the Moon is about far more than cost.
Human Space ExplorationSpacewalking astronauts tackle battery upgrade at Space StationSpace.com (6/26): NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken successfully carried out the first in a series of spacewalks planned aboard the International Space Station (ISS) through July to replace aging solar power system nickel hydrogen storage batteries with more efficient lithium ion units. They embarked Friday on a six hour spacewalk that marked the start of a fourth round of battery change outs. Twelve nickel hydrogen batteries on two power channels positioned on the far starboard end of the Station’s 360 foot long solar power truss are to be replaced with six lithium ion ...

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