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Astronaut Thomas Pesquet Ventures On His First Successful Spacewalk Like A Veteran, Releases Selfie Photos

First Posted: Jan 19, 2017 03:50 AM EST
European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas Pesquet
In this undated handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA), Thomas Pesquet poses for a photograph at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France. Thomas Pesquet was born in 1978 in Rouen, France. He was awarded a master's degree from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace in Toulouse, France, worked at CNES as a research engineer and then went on to become a pilot for Air France where he currently flies the Airbus A320.
(Photo : Stephane Corvaja/ESA/Getty Images)

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet had his first spacewalk last Friday. He spent almost 6 hours outside the International Space Station (ISS) and performed it like a veteran.

Thomas Pesquet took photos outside including self-portraits. He was joined by NASA astronaut and ISS commander Shane Kimbrough on the spacewalk. Their aim was to install the new lithium-ion batteries and accompanying adapter plates. These are essential for a major power upgrade that began in December 2016. They completed the installation in half of the allotted time, according to CBS News.

Phys.org reports that in performing the spacewalk, everything must be secured or tied down or it will float away. This includes the astronauts themselves. The astronauts must install a restraint for their feet to remain in contact with the space station. Thomas Pesquet commented on one of his photos that he was holding on carefully to the International Space Station, in which he grew attached to it.

Both the astronauts carried cameras during their spacewalks. They needed to take a photo of the parts of the space station for ground controllers. The photos could be used for future reference and plan on upcoming extravehicular activities or EVAs.

Meanwhile, Thomas Pesquet snapped his first-ever spacewalk selfie. His camera is strapped to the hand of his Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) or spacesuit. In one of his photos, he pointed that camera down at his feet and to 250 miles below. Then, he tweeted, "This is what a spacewalk is: 400 km of void under your feet."  

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