Russian astronauts set for a six-hour spacewalk on ISS

  • IANS, Washington
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2015 03:51 IST

NASA will broadcast the live coverage of a six-hour spacewalk by two Russian crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday.

Expedition 44 commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineer Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will wear their spacesuits and exit the station’s Pirs airlock at 1944pm (IST).

“The objectives are to rig new equipment on the Russian segment of the station and conduct a detailed photographic inspection of the exterior of the orbiting outpost,” NASA said in a statement.

Padalka and Kornienko will install devices called gap spanners on the hull of the station.

These devices will facilitate the movement of crew members on future spacewalks.

They will also install fasteners on communications antennas and replace an aging antenna used for the rendezvous and docking of visiting vehicles at Russian docking ports.

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