The first European and Russian cosmonauts will walk outside the International Space Station today (July 21), and you can watch their activities in a vacuum online.
Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) will join experienced astronaut Oleg Artemyev for up to seven hours outside the International Space Station. The spacewalk is expected to begin around 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT), according to the European Space Agency.
You can watch it live here on Space.com in the link above, on NASA’s YouTube (Opens in a new tab) channel or directly on the NASA website (Opens in a new tab). Spacewalks from the Russian side of the space station are usually done in Russian, but simultaneous translation into English is usually provided.
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If the spacewalk goes ahead as planned, it will be the second time Cristoforetti has made history in recent months. She was also the first person to use TikTok on the International Space Station and has amassed over half a million followers since her first post in May.
The European Space Agency stated that there are a variety of scheduled activities that must be addressed in the working session (Opens in a new tab). This includes installing platforms and workstation adapter hardware at ISS’s newest lab, Nauka, along with deploying 10 nanosatellites to collect radioelectronics data.
The European Space Agency said another significant portion of the time will be used to prepare the European robotic arm for operational use. The crew, they added, “will relocate its external control panel, work on isolation and install a temporary transformer point for the robotic arm. [Cristoforetti] Spend some time making sure the window guard on the arm cam unit is clear enough to allow the laser light to direct the arm to grapple and move. “
The boom is 37 feet (11.3 meters) long and is designed for use by astronauts whether they are working inside or outside the orbital complex. One of its features is the ability to “walk” like a grim worm, on one end, along the space station hull, like the 21-year-old Canadarm2 built by MDA on behalf of the CSA.
Artemyev and Cristoforetti will both wear Russian-made Orlan spacesuits during their spacewalks today, with Artemyev in a red striped suit while Cristoforetti’s suit will wear blue stripes.
Today’s spacewalk will be the third for Artemyev, who has so far collected 14 hours and 19 minutes of work outside the International Space Station via two April spacewalks with Russian cosmonaut Denis Matveev.
Thursday’s spacewalk will be the sixth extravehicular spacewalk on the International Space Station in 2022 and the 251st supporting its assembly and maintenance, based on previous information.
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