Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov opened the hatch of the Poisk small research module of the International Space Station and embarked on this year’s first spacewalk to prepare the station for new science module, APA reports citing TASS.
The effort began at 8:20 a.m. Moscow Time as scheduled and the extravehicular activity (EVA) will last six hours and 50 minutes. Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Novitsky and Dubrov will carry out their activity in Orlan-MKS spacesuits: Novitsky is wearing the gear with red stripes and Dubrov is clad in the spacesuit with blue stripes.
The previous spacewalk was conducted on November 18, 2020.
Wednesday’s spacewalk will be special, because it will combine three elements: regular maintenance works, space experiments and preparations for the docking of a new ISS module, Nauka, which is Russian for "science."