Sergei Volkov and Alexander Samokutyaev Perform Six-Hour Space Walk from International Space Station

By on Aug 4, 2011 in Astronomy, Russia, Science, World Comments

Sergei Volkov and Alexander Samokutyaev
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Sergei Volkov and Alexander Samokutyaev, two Russian cosmonauts embarked on a six-hour spacewalk from the International Space Station, according to several international news sites, August 4, 2011.

Based on reports, Volkov and Samokutyaev , wearing Russian Orlan-K space suits, opened the hatch of the ISS at 1450 GMT, 20 minutes behind schedule, to deploy a mini-satellite in honour of Yuri Gagarin and to perform routine maintenance work.

“They are to deploy a micro-satellite that will carry out student experiments and also emit greetings in 17 languages commemorating the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic space flight on April 12, 1961”, Russian space agency Roskosmos said in a statement.

Recent reports also mentioned that Volkov and Samokutyaev will move a cargo boom from one airlock to another and install a prototype laser communications system.

The next Russian spacewalk is planned for February 2012, when the Expedition 30 crew will be in orbit aboard the station, reports said.

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