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Two Russian Astronauts To Perform First Spacewalk Of 2022, Hang Outside Space Station For 7 Hours

Two Russian Astronauts To Perform First Spacewalk Of 2022, Hang Outside Space Station For 7 Hours

Expedition 66 Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos will begin the planned seven-hour spacewalk by exiting the Poisk module

Two cosmonauts will venture out of the International Space Station's airlock on Jan. 19 for the first spacewalk of 2022. The spacewalk is scheduled for next Wednesday at 7 a.m. ITS T. During the spacewalk, they will prepare the new Prichal module for future Russian visiting spacecraft.

Expedition 66 Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos will begin the planned seven-hour spacewalk by exiting the Poisk module on the space-facing side of the station's Russian segment.

NASA said that during the spacewalk, cosmonauts will install handrails, rendezvous antennas, a television camera and docking targets on Prichal, which automatically docked with the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module in November. A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three cosmonauts, who will be part of the Expedition 67 crew, is the first scheduled docking at Prichal, scheduled for March.

While cosmonaut Shkaplerov will serve as extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1) and wear a red-striped Russian Orlan spacesuit, Dubrov will wear a blue-striped spacesuit as extravehicular crew member 2 (EV2). The station's first spacewalk of the year will be the 246th overall at the flight post since it began operating more than three decades ago.

"Additional spacewalks are planned this spring to equip a European robotic arm at the Nauka laboratory and to activate the Nauka airlock for future spacewalk activities," NASA said.

THE SPACE STATION CHANGES ALTITUDE IN 1 KM

The International Space Station had to increase its altitude to create ballistic conditions before the launch of the Soyuz MS-21 manned spacecraft and the landing of the Soyuz MS-19 descent vehicle. To alter the orbital altitude, the thrusters of the Progress MS-18 cargo ship docked with the Russian segment of the ISS fired for 395.4 seconds, giving the station a boost of 0.73 m/s.

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, said in a statement: “The Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft with the 67th long-term expedition crew is scheduled to launch on March 18, 2022 at 15:55 UTC. Soyuz MS-19 descent with Roscosmos cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, as well as NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, are scheduled for March 30 at 11:27 UTC."

Courtesy: India Today