CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (CBSDFW/AP) — A four-year effort to modernize the International Space Station’s power grid is finally complete.
A pair of NASA astronauts installed the last battery component during a spacewalk Monday, and the unit checked out well. It’s the second spacewalk in five days for Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover.READ MORE: Mesquite Officer Dies After Shooting Outside Grocery Store
Glover, whose parents live in Prosper is the first African-American to move in for a long haul.
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LIVE: Watch two astronauts on a spacewalk! Today, @AstroVicGlover & @Astro_illini are completing battery upgrade work & installing new cameras outside the @Space_Station: https://t.co/ZDvUwwx3RB https://t.co/ZDvUwwx3RB
— NASA (@NASA) February 1, 2021
Over the weekend, flight controllers in Houston used the station’s big robot arm to replace the last batch of old batteries with a new, more powerful one. Hopkins and Glover quickly put the finishing touches on this newest lithium-ion battery.
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Their work completes a series of spacewalks that began in 2017.