Spacewalk Photos: International Space Station Gets a Power Upgrade

Spacewalking Duo Breezes Through Spacewalk


Astronauts Shane Kimbrough of NASA (left) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (right) ventured outside the International Space Station on Jan. 13 to complete the installation of new lithium-ion batteries on the station's power grid. The two worked quickly and efficiently, leaving plenty of time for extra "get-ahead" tasks. Read the full story.

Kimbrough's Reflection


Kimbrough caught a glimpse of his reflection over the Earth during the spacewalk. This is a view from Kimbrough's helmet camera.

Pesquet and the Earth


The Earth is seen below Pesquet's feet in this view of his first spacewalk.

Kimbrough Exits the Airlock


Shane Kimbrough led the way out of the Quest airlock and into the vacuum of space.

Pesquet Exits the Airlock


French astronaut Thomas Pesquet emerged from the airlock shortly after Kimbrough.

Glove Check


Mission control repeatedly asked Kimbrough and Pesquet to perform glove checks to ensure that there was no damage to the most vulnerable part of their spacesuits.

Pesquet's First Spacewalk Selfie


Astronaut Thomas Pesquet snapped his first space selfie during his first spacewalk.

Dangling Over the Earth


Astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s feet dangle in space about 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth.

Pesquet in the Airlock


NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson took this photo of Thomas Pesquet through the hatch at the Quest airlock before he and Shane Kimbrough set out for their spacewalk.

Thomas Pesquet


Astronaut Thomas Pesquet tries on his spacesuit for a fit check in preparation for his first spacewalk.

Shane Kimbrough


NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough at the airlock about five hours into the spacewalk

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at:

Hanneke Weitering
Contributing expert

Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.