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Two Russian cosmonauts will conduct a new spacewalk. NASA broadcasts live

NASA announced on Tuesday (31) that two Russian cosmonauts will venture out of the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday (3) and also on Thursday (9). This will be the first of two spacewalks of 11 spacewalks aimed at preparing the new multipurpose Nauka Laboratory module for space operations.

According to the US Space Agency, the two spacewalks (or Extravehicular Activities – EVA) will be broadcast live on NASA TV, via the app and on the agency’s website.

This week’s coverage will begin at 10:00 AM EST (11:00 GMT), and the spacewalk is scheduled to begin about half an hour later. Next week’s coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. ET (11:30 a.m. EST), with the rally set to begin 30 minutes later.

Friday’s spacewalk could take seven hours

According to NASA, Russia’s EVA 49, this week’s spacewalk, can last up to seven hours, while next week’s EVA 50, also coming from Russia, is expected to last up to seven hours. It lasts about five hours. .

Roscosmos Expedition 65 flight engineers Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrovnik will leave the Poisk module on the space side of the Russian part of the station.

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrovnik will conduct a spacewalk this week and the following. Photo: NASA

During their spacewalk, astronauts will install handrails at Nauka and connect power, Ethernet and data cables between the newly arrived unit and the Zvezda service unit.

Novitskiy will wear the Russian Orlan red striped spacesuit identifying him as an EV 1 (EV1) crew member, and Dubrovnik will wear the blue striped spacesuit as an EV 2 (EV2) crew member.

These will be the second and third spacewalks for the two astronauts; Spacewalks 242 and 243 in support of the assembly, maintenance and modernization of the space station; and 10 and 11 2021.

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