Space Station: Two Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station on Friday, Sept. 3 and Thursday, Sept. 9 to conduct the first pair of 11 spacewalks to prepare the new ferry multi-purpose laboratory module for operations in space. NASA will provide live coverage of both the spacewalk and extravehicular activities (EVA), on NASA Television, the NASA app and the agency’s website.
Coverage will begin on Friday, September 3, at 10 a.m. EDT, with the spacewalk scheduled to begin at approximately 10:35 a.m., and coverage will begin on Thursday, September 9, at 10:30 a.m., with the spacewalk expected to begin at approximately 11:35 a.m. EDT. The first spacewalk called the Russian EVA 49, is expected to last seven hours, while the second spacewalk, the Russian EVA 50, is scheduled to last about five hours.
Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos will exit the Poisk Module on the space-facing portion of the station’s Russian segment. During the spacewalk, astronauts will install handrails on the yacht and connect power, Ethernet and data cables between the recently arrived module and the Zvezda Service Module.
Nowitzki, who is designated as Extra Vehicle Crew Member 1 (EV1), will wear a Russian Orlan spacesuit with red stripes. Dubrov will wear a spacesuit with blue stripes as Extra Vehicle Crew Member 2 (EV2). This will be the second and third spacewalks for both astronauts; the 242nd and 243rd spacewalks in support of space station assembly, maintenance and upgrades; and the 10th and 11th spacewalks to the station in 2021.
The shuttle was launched on July 21 aboard a Russian Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and automatically docked at the Earth-facing Zvezda port on July 29.
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