Spacewalking astronauts run out of time to roll out first of new solar arrays on space station

Two astronauts set out to boost the power for the International Space Station, but ran out of time on their spacewalk before being able to roll out the first in a series of new solar arrays to augment the orbiting outpost’s supply of electricity.

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet, a French astronaut with the European Space Agency (ESA), wrapped up their seven-hour and 15 minute spacewalk at 3:26 p.m. EDT (1926 GMT) on Wednesday (June 16), during which they partially installed the first of six more capable solar arrays. The spacewalkers attached the first of the ISS Roll-Out Solar Arrays (iROSA) in front of a 20-year-old array located on the far end of the left side of the space station’s backbone truss.

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