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Spacewalk Photos: International Space Station Gets a Power Upgrade

Working Along the Truss

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Kimbrough (left) and Pesquet (right) are seen working their way down the space station's truss, the "backbone" of the station's structure.

Storing the Old Batteries

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The station's old nickel-hydrogen batteries were placed back onto the external palette for storage.

EVA Crew Bag

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Pesquet is seen outside of the space station with his tool bag during his first spacewalk.

Pesquet at the 'Rat's Nest'

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With time left to spare, Pesquet visited the "rat's nest," a jumble of cables outside the ISS, to take photos for flight planners on the ground. The survey photos will help them prepare for future spacewalking tasks.

Pit Stop

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The duo made a pit stop at the Quest airlock from which they emerged this morning to drop off some tools and pick up padded shields, which they then carried to the Node 3 or "Tranquility" module. Located at this module are six berthing locations where visiting spacecraft can dock to the ISS.

Lugging the Shields

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The shields will protect one of Tranquility's pressurized mating adapters from potentially hazardous collisions with space debris.

Kimbrough & the Destiny Lab

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Kimbrough heads to the U.S. Destiny Laboratory to remove two unnecessary handrails, making room for two communication antennas that will be installed in future spacewalks.

Hello, Oleg!

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French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet waves at Russian cosmonaut Oleg Navitskiy in a window from outside the airlock during the last few minutes of his spacewalk.

Pesquet & the ISS

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Astronaut Thomas Pesquet works outside the space station’s truss.

Hanging Out at the ISS

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Astronaut Thomas Pesquet hangs out of the hatch in this photo taken by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Navitskiy.

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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.