Wakata completes his 1st spacewalk

Japanese astronaut Wakata Koichi has completed his first spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

Wakata, and an astronaut from the US space agency NASA, ventured out of the ISS at around 13:00 UTC on Friday. During a roughly seven-hour extravehicular activity, they worked on the installation of a platform to mount roll-out solar arrays.

Wakata is the fifth Japanese astronaut to walk in space.

He has been living on the ISS since October 2022 on a roughly six-month mission to conduct experiments for future expeditions of the Moon and Mars.