Two Russian spacewalks planned aboard space station
Aug. 16 and 22, Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander
Misurkin will install equipment for the arrival of a new Russian
module and begin preparations for the installation later this year of
an optical telescope on the International Space Station.
two cosmonauts will venture outside the ISS at about 10:40 a.m. EDT on Aug. 16 for a spacewalk scheduled to last about 6.5 hours. They
plan to continue routing power and Ethernet cables for the future
arrival of the Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module, which will be
launched aboard a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan. They also will install on the Poisk module a panel of
experiments designed to collect data on the effects of the
microgravity environment in low-Earth orbit.
The Aug. 22
spacewalk also is scheduled to begin at about 7:40 a.m. Yurchikhin
and Misurkin will remove a space laser communications system from the
hull of the Zvezda service module and install a pointing platform on
which a small optical telescope will be installed on a future Russian
The spacewalks will be the 172nd and 173rd in
support of space station assembly and maintenance, the seventh and
eighth of Yurchikhin's career and the second and third for Misurkin.
Yurchikhin will wear a Russian Orlan suit bearing red stripes, and
Misurkin will wear a suit with blue stripes. Misurkin's suit also
will be equipped with a U.S. helmet camera to provide close up views
of the work he will be performing outside the station. Receive
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