spacewalk lasted 5 hours and 35 minutes


A view of the brand new roll-out photo voltaic array unfolding after NASA astronauts Steve Bowen and Woody Hoburg efficiently put in it to the 1B energy channel on June 15, 2023. (NASA Picture)

(NASA) – Expedition 69 Flight Engineers Woody Hoburg and Steve Bowen of NASA concluded their spacewalk at 2:17 p.m. EDT after 5 hours and 35 minutes.

Hoburg and Bowen accomplished their main goal to put in an IROSA (Worldwide House Station Roll-Out Photo voltaic Array) to enhance energy technology for the 1B energy channel on the station’s starboard truss construction.

The brand new array is 60 ft lengthy by 20 ft vast (18.2 meters by 6 meters) and is shading a bit greater than half of the unique array, which is 112 ft lengthy by 39 ft vast.

Every new IROSA produces greater than 20 kilowatts of electrical energy and collectively allow a 30% improve in energy manufacturing over the station’s present arrays.

NASA and Boeing have a plan in place for a fourth set of roll-out arrays to additional increase the Worldwide House Station’s energy provide. These arrays, which might be the seventh and eighth put in on house station, are focused for supply to the orbital outpost in 2025.

It was the 265th spacewalk in help of house station meeting, upgrades, and upkeep. The spacewalk marked the second for Hoburg and tenth for Bowen, tying him for probably the most spacewalks by a U.S. astronaut together with Mike Lopez-Alegria, Bob Behnken, Peggy Whitson, and Chris Cassidy.

Hoburg and Bowen are within the midst of a science mission residing and dealing aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific information and exhibit new applied sciences for future human and robotic exploration missions, together with lunar missions by way of NASA’s Artemis program.