It is true; both have the first name Sergey, spelled exactly the same. This is Ryzhikov’s second time on the space station and Kud-Sverchkov’s first. And this is the first spacewalk for the two cosmonauts.
Are you afraid of distinguishing between the two cosmonauts? Ryzhikov, the current Commander of Expedition 64, will wear a Russian red striped Orlan spacesuit while Kud-Sverchkov will wear a blue striped spacesuit as Space Crew 2.
Ryzhikov will be named EV1 and Kud-Sverchkov will be named EV2 – which is less confusing than when they were called “Sergey 1” and “Sergey 2” during a press conference appearance aboard the space station in October.
Live coverage of the spacewalk, which begins at 9:30 a.m. ET, will air on the NASA website. The spacewalk is expected to last about six hours.
This is the 47th Russian spacewalk contributing to the assembly and maintenance of the station, the 232nd spacewalk and the eighth this year.
First, cosmonauts will inspect the hatch for leaks outside the Russian Poisk module, as it will be used as an airlock once the new module arrives.
The new Russian multipurpose lab module, called “Nauka” which means “science” in Russian, will replace the Russian Pirs module. Pirs will be decommissioned, undocked and disposed of in the future.
Nauka will be launched next year from Kazakhstan. In the meantime, several spacewalks will be required to move the assets of Pirs and the Zarya module in order to prepare for Nauka’s arrival in April 2021.
“We welcome all mods, especially if they have storage space,” Rubins said in October.
And then there were 7
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 flight docked with the space station on Tuesday, bringing the total number of astronauts on the station to seven (plus a Baby Yoda serving the all-important weightlessness indicator work).
Zero gravity indicators, usually cute toys, let the crew know when they’ve reached space after launch. As soon as the toy starts to float, they know they are in space.
Yuri, a small cosmonaut knitted by Kud-Sverchkov’s wife Olga, accompanied them when they launched in October. Each crew chooses their own indicator, according to NASA.
Crew-1 transported NASA astronauts Victor Glover Jr., Michael Hopkins and Shannon Walker, and Japanese Soichi Noguchi to the space station for their six-month stay.
NASA’s Commercial Crew program can increase the number of astronauts on the space station – which means more science, and even new kinds of experiments, can occur in the unique environment of microgravity.
The seven crew members had a welcoming ceremony on Tuesday.
It’s a historic moment for the space station. This will be the first long-lived crew comprising seven members in the 20 years of the space station. November 2 marked 20 years for a continued human presence on the space station.
Previously, the space station accommodated up to 13 people, but only for a few days, as crews came and went.