Novitskiy & Dubrov begin Russian EVA-50 for Nauka module outfitting

ISS Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Pytor Dubrov have gone back outside the International Space Station for Russian EVA-50 on Thursday, the second in a series of up to 11 spacewalks planned to integrate the new Russian Nauka module onto the ISS. Novitskiy and Dubrov, in their Russian Orlan-MK spacesuits, opened that station’s Poisk airlock module hatch at 14:51 UTC / 10:51 EDT on September 9, officially beginning what is expected to be a 6.5-hour spacewalk to continue power and ethernet cable connections and installing handrails on Nauka. Additional tasks deferred from the previous EVA, Russian EVA-49 on Friday, September 3 — including throwing an ethernet cable reel overboard for a passive entry and disposal in Earth’s atmosphere, installation of three Biorisk experiments, mating of an ethernet cable, and a photo survey — are now scheduled to be performed on Thursday’s spacewalk. Russian EVA-50 is the 243rd spacewalk in support of construction, outfitting, and maintenance of the ISS, the 13th EVA of the year (11 on ISS and 2 on the Chinese space station), and the 6th for Expedition 65. The spacewalk will, as cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy stated, enable the incremental activation of Nauka’s systems and scientific capabilities.…

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Novitskiy & Dubrov begin Russian EVA-50 for Nauka module outfitting

Updated: September 9, 2021 — 10:26 am