Live Coverage of Russian Spacewalk 47 outside Space Station

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Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov will venture outside the Space Station on Wednesday, November 18th at 14:30 UTC for a 6 hour spacewalk - coverage begins at 13:30 UTC.

During the spacewalk, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov will first conduct leak inspections outside the hatch, as this will be the first spacewalk using the Poisk module for its purpose as an airlock. Next, they will relocate an antenna from another module, the Pirs docking compartment, to Poisk, the first in a series of tasks over the course of several spacewalks that will prepare Pirs for decommissioning, undocking, and disposal. The Earth-facing Pirs will be replaced by the new Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module, named “Nauka,” Russian for “science,” which is being prepared for launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The cosmonauts also will replace a fluid flow regulator on the Zarya module, retrieve hardware that measures space debris impacts, and reposition an instrument used to measure the residue from thruster firings.

This will be the first spacewalk for both cosmonauts; the 232nd spacewalk in support of space station assembly, maintenance, and upgrades; and the eighth spacewalk of 2020.
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