Two ISS astronauts successfully complete a spacewalk (and burn more than 1,500 calories each)

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Dos astronautas de la EEI completan con éxito una caminata espacial (y queman más de 1.500 calorías cada uno)

Astronauts Akihiko Hoshide, from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Thomas Pesquet, from the European Space Agency, successfully completed a spacewalk this Sunday that was intended to prepare the International Space Station to receive additional energy in the form of new solar panels.

During the spacewalk, which lasted 6 hours and 54 minutes – from 12:15 (GMT) to 19:09 (GMT) – the astronauts burned between 1,500 and 3,000 calories each, according to NASA.

Hoshide and Pesquet successfully assembled and attached a bracket to prepare for future installation of the laboratory’s third solar panel in orbit, NASA noted in a release. The crew also replaced a device that measures the electrical charge potential of the arrays and associated surfaces in their proximity.

This has been the fourth spacewalk for Hoshide (which accumulates a total of 28 hours and 17 minutes outside the station) and the sixth for Pesquet (which adds up to 39 hours and 54 minutes).

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