As­tro­nauts in space­walk for new bat­ter­ies

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL - HOUS­TON

AS­TRO­NAUTS have taken an­other space­walk to plug in new and bet­ter bat­ter­ies out­side the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion.

It is the same type of job that was con­duct­edeight days ago 250 miles above Earth.

Com­man­der Shane Kim­brough was joined this time by French as­tro­naut Thomas Pes­quet.

Mr Pes­quet, a rookie as­tro­naut, be­came France’s first space­walker in 15 years.

He called it “a big day”, and tweeted: “Bet­ter bring our A-game to be safe & ef­fi­cient.”

Their main ob­jec­tive was to wire up three lithium-ion bat­ter­ies, the lat­est in space tech, adding to the three con­nected last week.

Just like be­fore, the sta­tion’s ro­botic handy­man saved the space­walk­ers time by re­mov­ing the decade-old nickel-hy­dro­gen bat­ter­ies in ad­vance.

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