NASA astronauts had a “truly fantastic”
Astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken had a vision of a lifetime when they came out of the space station to replace the old solar array batteries in the outpost. The star of that vision was Endeavor, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft that delivered Behnken and his NASA fellow astronaut Doug Hurley to the station on May 30 on their Demo-2 mission.
Cassidy took a picture of the view, with Endeavor clearly straight forward but JAXA’s HTV-9 cargo vehicle was also visible. In the photo, in the photo just below the boat, you can see the extraordinary blue curvature of the Earth.
“Yesterday @Astro_SEAL took this photo from our construction site on @Space station‘- @ SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and @ JAXA_en’s HTV in plain sight. Not bad for the sight while working … “Behnken wrote on June 27, the day after the spacewalk, on Twitter.
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Today (June 29), when asked about the most memorable moments of this spacewalk during a press conference aboard the space station, Behnken noticed this vision as one of those moments.
“Chris and I had a great event last Friday and a wonderful view of Dragon,” said Behnken. “It was just fantastic to be able to look back and take a picture and I think we had a good shot in the daylight which showed HTV and Dragon all out there in the front of the space station. It was really fantastic.”
The couple went out on this spacewalk to replace old nickel-hydrogen batteries with new, more efficient and smaller lithium-ion batteries as part of a series of battery-exchange spacewalks. Behnken and Cassidy will venture on another battery replacement spacewalk on Wednesday (July 1).
Yesterday @Astro_SEAL took this photo from our work site on @Space_Station – Crew Dragon of @ SpaceX and HTV of @ JAXA_en in plain sight. Not bad for a view while working … pic.twitter.com/DsV5owA3P9June 27, 2020
While Behnken and Hurley, who witnessed the spacewalk aboard the space station, remain in orbit, Endeavor will continue to pass the tests as the Demo-2 mission is a test flight for the vehicle. But, as Behnken said today at the press conference, “our ship worked very well. I think they had a lot of predictions[ion]s in terms of how it would behave in relation to temperature, how it would behave in relation to radiation for on-board computers and electronics. And this really proceeded as planned. ”
He added that Endeavor’s positive performance was “the thing that really gives Doug and I have continued to trust the vehicle”.
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