American astronauts Kathleen Rubins and Victor Glover began preparations to replace solar panels with
Astronauts went into space at 06:00 US East Coast Time (14:00 Moscow time). Rubins and Glover will spend about six and a half hours there. During this time, they must have time to complete the necessary tasks.
Astronauts are to conduct preparatorywork before installing new solar panels. Those that are installed on the ISS now are working fine. But signs of wear are already visible. The batteries were installed in December 2000. That is, they have been feeding the ISS for over 20 years.
Installation of new batteries is due later in 2021.