Russian cosmonauts make last planned spacewalk of 2014

by | Oct 23, 2014 | International Space Station, NASA, Russia, Seradata News | 0 comments

Russian cosmonauts, Max Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev, made the last planned spacewalk of the year outside of the International Space Station (ISS).  The spacewalk lasted three hours and 38 minutes and starting at 1328 GMT on 22 October 2014.

During the EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) from the Pirs airlock, the inactive Radiometriya experiment, which had previously been used to gather data to help predict seismic events, was removed from the Zvezda module and jettisoned into space.  The cosmonauts also removed an external cover and photographed the Expose-R experiment which examines the effect of space and solar radiation has on biological samples.

After taking break during the orbital night period, the cosmonaut pair imaged their work area before moving back into the Pirs module to collect more equipment.

The cosmonauts then retrieved TEST experiment samples of particulate matter on the outside of the docking compartment and moved to the Poisk mini-research module, removing two rendezvous antennas and jettisoning them. Finally, the cosmonauts conducted a detailed photographic survey of the exterior surface of the Russian modules before returning inside the ISS via the Pirs airlock.

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