NASA Television coverage of today’s spacewalk with cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos is now underway and is also available on the NASA app and the agency’s website.
The crew members of Expedition 65 are preparing to exit the International Space Station‘s Poisk module on the space-facing side of the station’s Russian segment for a spacewalk expected to begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. EDT that will last about six and a half hours.
It will be the second of up to 11 spacewalks to prepare the new Nauka multipurpose laboratory module for operations in space. Watch a video animation preview of today’s spacewalk and planned activities at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfacX6864b4
During the spacewalk, the cosmonauts will perform tasks including installing handrails on Nauka and connecting power, ethernet, and data cables between the recently arrived module and the Zvezda service module. The pair is also scheduled to complete several tasks deferred from their Sept. 3 spacewalk.
Nauka launched on a Russian Proton-M rocket July 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docked autonomously to the Earth-facing Zvezda port July 29.
This will be the third spacewalk for both Novitskiy and Dubrov; the 243rd spacewalk in support of space station assembly, maintenance and upgrades; and the 11th and spacewalk at the station in 2021.