Cosmonauts outfit new science module on fiftieth deliberate Russian spacewalk outdoors area station

Two cosmonauts continued the outfitting of a brand new module outdoors the Worldwide House Station on what was the fiftieth deliberate spacewalk to originate from the Russian phase of the orbiting outpost.

For the second time in seven days, Expedition 65 flight engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov, each of the Russian federal area company Roscosmos, donned Orlan spacesuits and exited the Poisk airlock at 10:51 a.m. EDT (1451 GMT) on Thursday (Sept. 9) to start routing cables for the brand new multipurpose laboratory module (MLM), or “Nauka” (“Science”).

Selecting up the place they left off on the finish of their spacewalk on Sept. 3, Novitskiy and Dubrov photographed the antennas on a Progress cargo craft docked to the area station, put in 4 handrails to ease maneuvers on future spacewalks and routed an ethernet cable to allow knowledge to run from the U.S. working phase to experiments on the skin of the brand new module.

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The disc-shaped cover from an ethernet cable reel was jettisoned by Expedition 65 flight engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov during a spacewalk on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.

The disc-shaped cowl from an ethernet cable reel was jettisoned by Expedition 65 flight engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov throughout a spacewalk on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

Though the ethernet cable was efficiently mated, Novitskiy and Dubrov bumped into some issue with the cable reel’s flat round lid. As soon as the quilt was free of the cable, there was a quick debate about whether or not to jettison it as initially deliberate or tie it all the way down to the outside of the module.

“This form is kind of tough,” one of many spacewalkers stated. “Such a tremendous merchandise.” 

“And that is the place the flying saucer legends come from,” the cosmonaut joked.

A call was made to quickly stow the disc after which jettison it with different reuse on the finish of the spacewalk.

Expedition 65 flight engineer Oleg Novitskiy, as seen from fellow cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov’s helmet cam, during a spacewalk on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.

Expedition 65 flight engineer Oleg Novitskiy, as seen from fellow cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov’s helmet cam, throughout a spacewalk on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

Novitskiy and Dubrov then moved on to operating extra cable bundles, this time to attach the TV techniques and knowledge traces between the Nauka the Zvezda service modules, in addition to one linking up the automated docking techniques for future visiting Russian spacecraft, together with the Progress and crewed Soyuz automobiles.

The 2 cosmonauts then deployed two bio-risk containers that may receive knowledge on any bodily or genetic adjustments to micro organism, fungi and different microorganisms after being uncovered to the vacuum of area. The experiment is targeted on higher understanding contaminants that could possibly be an element on interplanetary spacecraft.

Expedition 65 flight engineer Oleg Novitskiy jettisoned a disc-shaped cable reel lid and piece of multi-layer insulation at the end of his and cosmonaut Pytor Dubrov’s spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.

Expedition 65 flight engineer Oleg Novitskiy jettisoned a disc-shaped cable reel lid and piece of multi-layer insulation on the finish of his and cosmonaut Pytor Dubrov’s spacewalk outdoors the Worldwide House Station on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

Novitskiy and Dubrov wrapped up their spacewalk by jettisoning the ethernet cable reel cowl and a bit of multi-layer insulation additionally eliminated throughout the spacewalk. The 7-hour, 25-minute spacewalk ended at 6:16 p.m. EDT (2216 GMT), because the airlock hatch on the Poisk module was closed.

Autonomously docked to the area station on July 29, the Nauka MLM will present Russian cosmonauts with an expanded space to conduct science and can function a docking port and airlock for Russian spacewalks. The module can even home an extra crew quarters and a 3rd bathroom for the station’s residents.

Expedition 65 flight engineer Pyotr Dubrov, as seen from fellow cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy’s helmet cam, during a spacewalk on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.

Expedition 65 flight engineer Pyotr Dubrov, as seen from fellow cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy’s helmet cam, throughout a spacewalk on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA TV)

Thursday’s spacewalk was the third for each Novitskiy and Dubrov. Novitskiy was designated extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1) and wore the Russian Orlan spacesuit with pink stripes. Dubrov, as EV2, wore a spacesuit with blue stripes.

This was Russia’s fiftieth deliberate spacewalk and 58th total performed utilizing Orlan spacesuits outdoors of the Worldwide House Station. In whole, astronauts and cosmonauts have carried out 243 extravehicular actions (EVA) in assist of the meeting and upkeep of the orbiting laboratory. 

Robert Pearlman is a House.com contributing author and the editor of collectSPACE.com, a House.com accomplice web site and the main area historical past information publication. Comply with collectSPACE on Fb and on Twitter at @collectSPACE. Comply with us @Spacedotcom and Fb.

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