Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko Spacewalk
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Cosmonauts Finish Spacewalk to Ready Space Station for New Module

Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko is pictured in an Orlan spacesuit with pink stripes throughout a spacewalk in December 11, 2018, to examine the Soyuz MS-09 crew ship. Credit score: NASA

Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian area company Roscosmos have accomplished a spacewalk lasting seven hours and 19 minutes.

The 2 cosmonauts opened the hatch to the Poisk docking compartment airlock to start the spacewalk at 1:53 a.m. EDT. They re-entered the airlock and closed the hatch at 9:12 a.m.

Pyotr Dubrov’s helmet digicam spots Oleg Novitskiy on the opposite finish of the 46-foot-long (14 meters) Strela increase, a Russian crane, that the spacewalkers indifferent from the Pirs airlock. Credit score: NASA

In the course of the spacewalk, the duo disconnected the exterior mechanical hyperlinks between Pirs and the area station, relocated spacewalk {hardware} together with a telescoping crane, and reconfigured antennas to put together the Pirs module for undocking and disposal. Moreover, the cosmonauts changed a fluid circulate regulator panel on the close by Zarya module, jettisoned the outdated panel as deliberate, and changed organic and materials science samples on the outside of the Russian modules.

Cosmonauts (from left) Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov performed their first profession spacewalks collectively. Credit score: NASA

Pirs can be changed by the brand new Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module, named “Nauka,” which is Russian for “science.” The undocking of Pirs is scheduled for this summer season, about two days after Nauka launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

This was the primary spacewalk for each cosmonauts and the 238th spacewalk general in assist of Worldwide Space Station meeting, upkeep, and upgrades. It additionally marks the sixth spacewalk of 2021.

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