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Indian Am astronaut Raja Chari takes first spacewalk

Indian American astronaut Raja Chari took a nearly seven-hour spacewalk with fellow astronaut Kayla Barron Wednesday in preparation for an even bigger mission.

The American Bazaar reports that Chari who commands the SpaceX Crew-3 Dragon capsule ventured out on his first spacewalk ever.

The capsule is now docked to the International Space Station.

According to Mashable, NASA selected Chari who became an astronaut in 2017 to command the Crew 3 mission to the ISS in 2020. He has accumulated more than 20,000 hours of flight time in his career.

Both Chari and Barron will be part of the crew to roll out six solar arrays on the space station and give the aging ISS a much-needed electrical boost.

The two will be aided by astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Matthias Maurer who will guide them from the inside and help them in and out of their suits.

Chari earned his master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT and also attended the US Nava Test Pilot School which has graduated many to the astronaut corps.

Chari grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa and was born in Milwaukee.

You can watch his spacewalk in the video below.

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