Russian spacewalk aims to prepare International Space Station for new module

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Dressed in bulky space suits, two Russian cosmonauts used the International Space Station’s Poisk docking bay as an airlock for the first time on a spacewalk on Wednesday to begin preparing the nearly identical Pirs module for removal. next year. A new laboratory module will be parked in its place later.Expedition 64 commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov began the eighth spacewalk of the year at 10:12 a.m. EST. The excursion, the first for the two cosmonauts, comes two days later arrival of four astronauts aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon commercial ferry.

For identification, Ryzhikov, call sign EV-1, wears a red striped space suit and uses the 20 helmet camera while Kud-Sverchkov, EV-2, uses a blue striped suit and an 18 helmet camera.

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