May 18, 2022

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The Russians are doing a spacewalk to activate the robotic arm

The Russians are doing a spacewalk to activate the robotic arm

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev began their approximately seven-hour spacewalk at 11:01 a.m. ET and ended at 5:37 p.m. ET, lasting six hours and 37 minutes.

This was the first spacewalk by Artemyev and Matveyev to establish the mechanism outside the Russian Nauka multipurpose unit.

During a spacewalk on Monday, the duo installed and connected a 37-foot (11.3-meter) control panel. Robotic arm. The two also removed the arm Protective covers and fenders installed outside the Nauka unit.

This robotic arm will be used to help astronauts And move any items that need to be moved out of the Russian part of the future space station.

Artemev was identified in the Russian Orlan spacesuit with red stripes, while Matveev was in a spacesuit with blue stripes.

This was Matveev’s first spacewalk and the fourth for veteran spacewalker Artemyev.

This was the fourth spacewalk outside the space station this year and 249th overall In support of the assembly, maintenance and development of the orbital laboratory.

During a second spacewalk, on April 28, astronauts will remove the thermal blankets used to protect the robotic arm when it was launched last year along with the Nauka module. Matveev and Artemyev will also flex the joints of the robotic arm, release the restraints, and test its ability to grapple.

These are the first upcoming spacewalks that will focus on preparing the Nauka and the robotic arm for future use.

In response to a question about how geopolitical tensions with Russia affect life on the space station, NASA astronaut Dr. Tom Marshburn said during a news conference Friday that it has been “a very collective and friendly relationship together here, and we work together.”

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He said the NASA crew and Russian cosmonauts regularly share meals and watch movies together.

“We depend on each other for our survival, it’s a dangerous environment,” Marshburn said. “And so we just go with our training; we go with the recognition that we’re all here for the same purpose: to explore and to maintain this space station.”