Russian astronauts to work in open space for over six hours

Astronauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev will go into open space under the Russian segment program of the international space station, the Mission Control Center told Interfax-AVN.

Astronauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev will go into open space under the Russian segment program of the international space station, the Mission Control Center told Interfax-AVN.

"According to the preliminary information, the opening of the exit hatch of the Pier docking module is planned for June 19 at 5.50 p.m. Moscow time," the control center said.

Installing equipment outside the international space station to ensure communications of the Russian segment of the station with Earth via the Luch (Ray) rebroadcasting system will be one of the important tasks, the control center said. In future this will allow giving up U.S. communications channels, which Russian astronauts use today.

The work Russian astronauts are planned to carry out in open space is expected to last approximately six hours and besides installing the antenna Skvortsov and Artemyev will also move a block of the Obstanovka scientific device, check locks at universal work station and take samples from windows, the control center said.

This will be the first time Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev will go into open space, the control center said.

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