The Nauka science module and Soyuz MS-23 crew ship pictured above north Africa.Photograph: NASA
Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin are about to step exterior the Worldwide House Station (ISS) for the pair’s second extravehicular exercise this yr.
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The spacewalk is scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, in accordance with NASA. The motion might be broadcast reside on NASA TV, in addition to the house company’s web site. You can too tune into the orbital exercise by means of the feed under. The reside protection will start at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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Cosmonauts Prokopyev and Petelin are set to spend about six and a half hours exterior the house station relocating an experiment airlock from one module to a different.
The duo will take away the airlock from the Rassvet module, disconnecting varied cables and eradicating the airlock’s thermal insulation from its docking part, Russian state information company TASS reported. From contained in the house station, cosmonaut Audrey Fedyaev will use the European House Company’s robotic arm to move the airlock to the Nauka module whereas the spacewalking cosmonauts exterior the ISS will work to reconnect the airlock’s cables to its new module.
The spacewalk was initially scheduled for April 26, however was later postponed “as a result of want for a extra detailed research of its duties,” Russia’s house company wrote in a press release.
That is the pair’s second spacewalk this yr, having already ventured exterior the ISS for practically eight hours on April 19 to put in a radiator on the Nauka science module. Earlier than that, Prokopyev and Petelin had a not quite perfect expertise throughout their first spacewalk collectively in November 2022, when a spacesuit malfunction lower the extravehicular exercise quick. Prokopyev’s spacesuit had defective pumps linked to its cooling system, rendering it unusable.
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