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With a ‘wiggle and nudge,’ spacewalking astronauts install stubborn array mount outside space station

Proving yet again that if at first you do not succeed, try, try again, two astronauts were finally able to wiggle a stubborn strut into place, completing the installation of a solar array platform that spanned two spacewalks outside the International Space Station.

Nicole Mann of NASA and Koichi Wakata of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) spent a couple of hours on Thursday (Feb. 2) finishing the work they began last month to erect a support structure for an International Space Station (ISS) Roll-Out Solar Array (iROSA) to be launched later this year. The hold-up, positioning a strut’s flat seating plate so that it was flush on a cylindrical canister, was ultimately achieved by the two Expedition 68 crewmates exerting force on either side of the hardware.

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