March 20, 2009

Energy-catching wings installed on ISS

The crew of the shuttle Discovery Friday installed solar wings that can double the electricity 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, flattened out naturally when the array was extended.

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