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Russian cosmonauts to go into outer space first time in 1.5 years

13:41, 18 November 2020
Russian cosmonauts to go into outer space first time in 1.5 years Photo: nasa.gov

Cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov will go into outer space to work outside the International Space Station (ISS).


The last time Russian cosmonauts went into outer space was a year and a half ago, while for Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov, this will be their first experience.

The trip outside the ISS will last for five and a half hours. During this time, the astronauts will conduct a series of tests and check the equipment. If they have time, they will clean one of the Zvezda module windows and replace the tablet that detects contamination from the running engines.

According to Ryzhikov, the preparation is a huge set of events on Earth and at the station.

We prepare compartments, study documentation, prepare equipment. We prepare spacesuits, conduct medical examinations. We are getting ready for this work in open space with pleasure and excitement, Channel Five quotes the cosmonaut.

According to Roscosmos's post on its Instagram page, the live broadcast from the spacewalk will begin on November 18 at 17:30.

Sergey Ryzhikov will wear command equipment with red stripes (Orlan-ISS No 5), Sergey Kud-Sverchkov will have a spacesuit with blue lines (Orlan-ISS No 4), the message says.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that Russian cosmonauts onboard the International Space Station planted a new patch on a crack in the intermediate chamber of the Zvezda module.