Monday, August 10, 2015

Space Station Cosmonauts Taking Spacewalk (video RT)

Two Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station today (Aug. 10) in a spacewalk to install equipment, pick up an experiment and take pictures of the station.


Expedition 44 commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineer Mikhail Kornienko are expected to exit the Russian Pirs airlock at 10:14 a.m. EDT (1414 GMT).

The cosmonauts' primary task will be to install gap spanners on the station's hull, which makes it easier for spacewalkers to move around while doing their work. 

The veteran spacewalkers will also clean the Zvezda service module's windows, put fasteners on exterior communication antennas, replace an old rendezvous and docking antenna, and take pictures of the station exterior.
 [space.com]
10/8/15
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3 comments:

  1. A pair of Russian cosmonauts began their working week on Monday by cleaning the windows of the International Space Station (ISS), floating more than 200 miles (320 km) above the earth's surface...

    Station commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineer Mikhail Kornienko left the station's Pirs module at 1520 GMT, embarking on a six-hour space walk to install new equipment and carry out maintenance tasks.

    The cosmonauts quickly completed their first task, installing equipment to help crew members maneuver outside the ISS, before cleaning a porthole window to remove years of dirt left by exhaust fumes from visiting ships.

    "They developed a [cleaning] tool kit with two swabs with handles on them. The swabs are kind of a type of terry cloth," spacewalk specialist Devan Bolch said in a NASA video published before the walk.

    "It's kind of similar to what you would use on your car headlights, when they get hazy, to clean them."

    The expedition is the 188th ISS spacewalk and the tenth for Padalka, who has spent more time in space than any other human. It is Kornienko's second venture outside the station - a $100 billion research laboratory owned and operated by a partnership of 15 nations.
    Reuters

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  2. Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko have opened the hatches of the Russian Zvezda module and begun works on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS), a spokesman for the RKA Mission Control Center said Monday...

    "The estimated duration of the work outside the station is six hours and 28 minutes," the spokesman said.

    The cosmonauts' tasks include cleaning the module's portholes, photographing the Expose-R research facility, dismantling a sensor for the Obstanovka space experiment, as well as installing handrails and antenna fasteners on module.

    Padalka, a record-setter at over 840 days spent in space, and Kornienko are also due to collect wipe samples from solar panels and perform other maintenance work.

    Padalka logged a total of 33 hours and 4 minutes in nine overall spacewalks and is expected to set another record at 878 days off Earth when his mission ends in September.

    Kornienko previously performed one nearly seven-hour spacewalk as part of the ISS Expedition 23/24.
    http://sputniknews.com/society/20150810/1025594487.html#ixzz3iQlirf3r

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  3. Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Korniyenko have returned to the Pirs (ISS module) of the International Space Station [ISS] after spending more than five hours in outer space..

    They have fulfilled the assigned tasks," a source at the Mission Control Center told TASS on Monday.

    "The cosmonauts have closed the escape hatch. The spacewalk is over," the source said.

    Russian cosmonauts walked out to the ISS surface at around 17:20 Moscow time and returned at 22:51 Moscow time on August 10. It was the 41st spacewalk under the Russian ISS programme and the 48th - from the station’s Russian segment, including unplanned spacewalks.
    http://tass.ru/en/non-political/813637

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