NASA shares video clips from Thursday’s successful spacewalk

NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio successfully completed a spacewalk aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, December 22.

The march was supposed to take place the day before, but NASA chose to delay takeoff after rocket debris was detected near the station, causing ground controllers to maneuver the ISS into a safer orbit.

Cassada and Rubio, both on their third spacewalk, finished their work at 3:27 PM ET after spending 7 hours and 8 minutes outside the station.

The duo completed main missions that included the installation of an ISS Roll-Out Solar Array (iROSA) in the 4A power channel in the port beam.

iROSAs will increase the station’s power generation capacity by up to 30% and increase the station’s total usable power from 160 kilowatts to 215 kilowatts.

NASA live-streamed the entire spacewalk, which included images from multiple cameras; Audio from Cassada, Rubio and controllers on the ground; and a commentary that allows viewers to better understand everything that is going on. The video is now available on NASA’s YouTube channel.

The space agency also shared a few short clips on Twitter showing the two astronauts working about 250 miles above Earth.

About an hour into the spacewalk, Cassada is working to release the anti-rotation devices on the iROSA that hold it in place. Once the iROSA is in place, Rubio secures the power cables to be connected and makes sure the software capture system is ready for its arrival.

— International Space Station (@Space_Station) 22 December 2022

Earth views as Rubio on the right and Cassada on the left are seen working together to release the iROSA from its holding position so they can reposition it for installation. @csa_asc #Canada2 seen above! 🔧🌍🦾

— International Space Station (@Space_Station) 22 December 2022

Here’s a clip of one of the new solar panels unveiling for slow TV fans:

A new solar array recently established by astronauts Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio is now expanding beyond Earth. @Space station. This is the fourth of six new solar arrays planned for the station, which will increase its electricity generation capacity by 30% when completed.

— NASA (@NASA) 22 December 2022

Thursday’s march comes at a tumultuous time for the space station after a docked Soyuz spacecraft recently leaked a leak as coolant from the crew capsule blasted into space. Engineers continue to evaluate the situation to determine whether a new spacecraft should be sent to the station as a capsule that three ISS residents need to get home in March.

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