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NASA TV to Air Russian Spacewalk at the International Space Station


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Clad in a Russian Orlan spacesuit, cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin conducts a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Aug.22-2013, during Expedition 36. On Friday, Feb.2-2018, Misurkin will participate in the fourth spacewalk. Credits: NASA
Clad in a Russian Orlan spacesuit, cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin conducts a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Aug.22-2013, during Expedition 36. On Friday, Feb.2-2018, Misurkin will participate in the fourth spacewalk. Credits: NASA

Two veteran Russian cosmonaut spacewalkers will venture outside the International Space Station on Friday, Feb. 2, for a planned 6.5-hour station servicing session. Live coverage of the spacewalk will air on NASA Television and the agencyís website beginning at 9:45 a.m. EST.

Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin and Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are set to float out of the space stationís Pirs docking compartment airlock in Russian Orlan spacesuits at 10:34 a.m.

Misurkin and Shkaplerovís primary objectives during the spacewalk will be to remove and jettison an electronics box for a high-gain communications antenna on the Zvezda service module and install an upgraded electronics box for†communication between Russian flight controllers and the Russian modules of the orbital outpost. The cosmonauts also will take detailed photos of the exterior of the Russian modules and retrieve experiments housed on Zvezdaís hull.

The Russian spacewalk will be the fourth in Misurkinís career and the second for Shkaplerov, as well as the 207th spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance. Both of their suits will be marked with blue stripes.


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