Energy-catching wings installed on Space Station

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man in space

HOUSTON (UPI) — The crew of the shuttle Discovery Friday installed solar wings that can double the electricity power available on the International Space Station, NASA said.

When extended, the array measures 240 feet tip to tip and adds 9,600 square feet to the station’s solar arrays, the U.S. space agency said.

The installation was delayed after a small “ripple” in one of the arrays was discovered, but Mission Control in Houston said it wasn’t an issue and that it flattened out naturally when the array was extended.

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space station

The solar wings can double the electric power available for scientific experiments conducted aboard regularly on the orbiting space station.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

Sourced and Published by Henry Sapiecha 24th March 2009

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