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Spacewalk Photos: International Space Station Gets a Power Upgrade

Shane Kimbrough and EVA Suits

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NASA astronaut and current commander of the International Space Station Shane Kimbrough floats weightlessly next to two spacesuits. Kimbrough and the Expedition 50 crew performed routine maintenance on the spacesuits throughout December to prepare for spacewalks coming up in January 2017.

Peggy Whitson Sends Them Off

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NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson helped the two astronauts get suited up before sending them off through the Quest airlock and into the vacuum of space.

Pesquet at the External Palette

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Pesquet heads to the external palette, where adapter plates for the new lithium-ion batteries are stored.

Can You Spot the Astronaut?

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If you look closely, you’ll spot NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough working on the space station’s truss. Below him are the space station’s solar panels.

Pesquet at the External Palette

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Thomas Pesquet is seen working at the space station's external palette.

Kimbrough Returns to Pesquet

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Shane Kimbrough (left) heads down the space station's truss to meet up with Thomas Pesquet (right) at the external palette.

Working in the Dark

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Kimbrough is seen working with his headlights on as the space station passes over the nighttime side of the Earth.

Retrieving the Adapter Plates

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Kimbrough (bottom) and Pesquet (top) work to remove the adapter plates from the external palette so they can be installed onto the power grid.

Lugging Equipment

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Kimbrough and Pesquet used body tethers to attach the adapter plates to their spacesuits before carrying them down the truss to the power assembly.

Power Tools

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The astronauts carry a bag with tools during the spacewalk. One of those tools is a power drill used to turn bolts and screws.

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Hanneke Weitering

Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 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 Space.com 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 likes to explore the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.