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Astronauts complete solar panel work in 3rd spacewalk

Posted at 4:16 PM, Jun 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-25 17:16:38-04

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Astronauts have finished unfurling a new pair of solar panels outside the International Space Station.

It's the third spacewalk in just over a week for NASA's Shane Kimbrough and France's Thomas Pesquet.

They floated out Friday to add the second in a series of powerful new solar wings that should keep the space station running the rest of this decade.

This should have been done in two spacewalks. But spacesuit and other problems hampered last week's effort.

NASA added a third spacewalk to connect and unfurl the second solar wing.

This time, everything went smoothly.

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