Russian cosmonauts to install anti-meteorite shelter on ISS

Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Yury Malenchenko will perform a spacewalk on Monday to install anti-meteorite panels on the surface of the International Space Station (ISS), Russian Mission Control told Interfax-AVN.

"A spacewalk is scheduled for August 20 under the Russian program. The hatch is to be opened at 6:30 p.m. Moscow time and the spacewalk will last about seven hours," a Mission Control spokesman said.

The cosmonauts will move the GStM-2 crane from the Pirs docking compartment to the Zarya module, launch the Sfera satellite and install additional anti-meteorite panels at the working compartment of the Zvezda service module. If the cosmonauts have time left, they will also be asked to disassemble the SKK No.2 and Biorisk-MSN containers, and fix knee-pieces for the workstation at the Pirs docking compartment, he said.

It will be Padalka's ninth spacewalk and Malenchenko's fifth. Padalka spent 27 hours and 14 minutes in outer space and Malenchenko 24 hours and 16 minutes.

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