1369245917
February 4, 2016

Yesterday, on February 03, 2016, Russian cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov sucessfully completed the first spacewalk in accordance with Russian ISS flight program for 2016.

The cosmonauts removed monoblock exposing organic and biologic specimen to the conditions of open space in the framework of Expose-R experiment and installed another block with #2 specimens on Poisk miniature research module for “Endurance” experiment aimed at studying space impact on mechanical properties of matter. On Poisk module they also replaced container with ISS outer covering samples being exposed to space factors for a long period of time and changed pressure and suppression control unit attitude on Miniature Research Module-2.

During EVA Malenchenko and Volkov also conducted “Restoration” experiment. One of its tasks was to practice techniques of multilayer isolation fastening on ISS surfaces being restored.

On the whole the aim of “Restoration” experiment is to practice techniques of film thermal protection coating pasting and multilayer isolation fastening on surfaces being repaired and conducting operations requiring film matter pasting under conditions of space flight.

Besides Malenchenko and Volkov also practiced new methods of leak detection and ISS outer surface monitoring and took samples from Pirs module exit hatch and Zvezda service module window.

To make movements along ISS surface more convenient the cosmonauts installed soft handrails on the flare section of Zarya functional cargo block pressurized propulsion module and upon completion of all these operations made pictures of ISS Russian segment surface.

For Yuri Malenchenko this spacewalk was the sixth one in his space career. Sergey Volkov went to the open space for fourth time.

Currently ISS crew also comprises Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra and ESA astronaut Tim Peake.

Earlier it was reported that the cosmonauts could have been working in space in new modernized Orlan-MKS spacesuits equipped with automated thermal control system so that they wouldn’t spend time to turn thermal system on and off. But new spacesuits haven’t been delivered to the station yet that’s why Malenchenko and Volkov performed the spacewalk in Orlan-MK.

European Space Agency thanked Russian cosmonauts for their work in the open space.

In the framework of experiment ESA sent to the ISS 46 species of microorganisms and more than 150 specimens of organic compounds that were installed on the outer surface of Russian Zvezda module and stayed there for 18 months.

The specimens will be sent back to the Earth for further studies. It is expected that the experiment will help scientists in the search of extraterrestrial life forms since chemical analysis of the specimen will enable them to learn how molecules respond to the factors of space flight.

comments

More from this category:
1042674543
June 18, 2015

Scheduled ISS orbit adjustment aimed to create optimal ballistic conditions for Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft docking with the station will be accomplished on Thursday, – Mission…

full story
rockotlaunch
October 9, 2013

The next launch of “Rokot” will take place on November 14, 2013 from Plesetsk Spaceport Ministry of Defense press office management representative for Aerospace Defense…

full story
sam-ser
August 20, 2014

The meeting of State Commission held today in GCTC analyzed the medical data of main and ISS-41/42 mission  main and back-up crew Russian cosmonauts. The…

full story
ProgressM-21M
November 25, 2013

Soyuz –U booster with progress M-21M cargo vehicle was rolled out from integration building and installed onto the launch pad of Baikonur spaceport, – Roscosmos…

full story
4l620KCyaYw
July 18, 2014

Group of cosmonauts (admission 2012) started survival trainings under desert or near desert conditions at Baikonur. Several days ago they had a theoretical course and…

full story
6StuYSBJ9d8
June 18, 2014

Preparation for the launch of Soyuz-ST-B with O3b space device  are under way at Soyuz launching pad in Guiana space centre (French Guiana). At the…

full story
6c780815306826922249b819fee8b62e
September 28, 2015

On Sunday ISS successfully accomplished debris avoidance maneuver, – Roscosmos reports. “Dangerous approaching might have taken place on September 21, 14.41, Moscow time”, – Roscosmos…

full story
528765518
March 29, 2016

Aerospace indstry specialists completed general assembling of Soyuz-2.1a booster that is to launch new Russian cargo vehicle Progress MS-02 on March 31, – Roscosmos spokesman…

full story