Spacewalking astronauts prep for 2021 arrival of Russian lab

James Marshall
November 19, 2020

Cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov move along the top of the Russian Zarya module to the left of the Poisk airlock compartment (protruding upwards), carrying a spare pump module. This is Raishiko's second time at the space station, and Good-Sverko's first.

Anxious about telling the two cosmonauts apart?

During a press conference at the space station in October, Ryzykov will be appointed as EV1 and Good-Sverkov as EV2 - which is more confusing than what is referred to as "Sergei 1" and "Sergei 2".

Kate Robins, a NASA astronaut who set off with astronauts in October from Kazakhstan, will help men control and monitor their progress during a spacewalk.

The space walk is estimated to take about six hours.

Sergey Ryzhikov and flight engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Russia's space agency Roscosmos - both first-time spacewalkers - will suit up in their Russian Orlan spacesuits and exit the space station through the Poisk module at approximately 9:30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT). The Nauka module will be launched into space next year and will replace the station's old Pirs section.

Because this will be the first time that anyone has used the Poisk module as an airlock for a spacewalking excursion, the cosmonauts will first spend some time checking out the hatch and inspecting it for leaks. Birs will be fired, unopened and removed in the future.

Nearly identical to Pirs, Poisk was launched nearly exactly 11 years ago, on November 10, 2009, and was attached to the upper port of the Zvezda module two days later.

"We welcome any and all modules, especially if there is room for them", Rubins said in October.

Then they closed the hatch and performed additional leak checks before reopening it and floated outside at 11 am straight to begin Spacewalk No. 232 assigned to station assembly and maintenance, the eighth EVA station so far this year.

Yuri, a young astronaut coordinator Olga, wife of Kudd Svereshkov, accompanied them during their October launch. Each crew must choose their own indicator, according to NASA.

The American astronauts were on board Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and the Japanese space agency Jaxan Soichi Noguchi.

There was a reception for seven Crumbers on Tuesday.

This is a historic moment for the space station. This will be the first long-term crew, including seven members, in 20 years of the space station. November 2nd celebrated the 20th anniversary of the continuous human presence on the space station.

Internationally the space station has been in a hurry in recent days.

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