Spacewalkers finish solar panel prep for station power boost

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts have completed the first round of prep work for new solar panels at the International Space Station.

NASA’s Kate Rubins and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi successfully installed mounting brackets and struts Friday for the solar wings due to arrive in June.

They also tightened some sticky bolts that hampered Sunday’s spacewalk.

Rubins ended up with a mark on the index finger of her right glove and said it looked like a pinpoint hole. She stuck close to Noguchi as the spacewalk wound down, saying she was “mildly concerned” about being too far away because of the glove.

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