The Russians will go into outer space to power the robotic arm

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemiev and Denis Matveev began their nearly seven-hour spacewalk at 11:01 am ET and ended at 5:37 pm ET and lasted six hours and 37 minutes.

This was the first of two spacewalks that Artemiev and Matveev are conducting to install the mechanism outside the Russian Nauka Multi-Purpose Module.

During the spacewalk on Monday, the duo installed and wired up the control panel for the 37-foot (11.3-meter) craft. robotic arm. These two also took off their hand protective covers and handrails installed outside the Nauka module.

This robotic arm will be used to help spacewalkers and transport any items that will need to be moved outside the Russian segment of the space station in the future.

Artemyev was recognizable by the Russian Orlan spacesuit with red stripes, and Matveyev by the blue striped spacesuit.

It was the first spacewalk for Matveev and the fourth for veteran cosmonaut Artemyev.

It was the fourth spacewalk outside of the space station this year, and the 249th overall. in support of the assembly, maintenance and modernization of the orbital laboratory.

During the second spacewalk on April 28, a pair of astronauts will remove the thermal blankets used to protect the robotic arm when it launched last year along with the Science module. Matveev and Artemiev will also flex the robotic arm’s joints, remove restraints, and test its gripping ability.

This is the first of the upcoming spacewalks, which will focus on preparing Science and the robotic arm for future use.

Asked how geopolitical tensions with Russia have affected life on the space station, NASA astronaut Dr. Tom Marshburn said during Friday’s press conference that it was “a collegiate, very friendly relationship and we work together.”

According to him, the NASA crew and Russian cosmonauts regularly dine together and watch films.

“We rely on each other for our survival,” Marshburn said, “it’s a dangerous environment. And so we just keep practicing; we go with the knowledge that we are all here with the same goal: to explore and preserve this space station is supported.”

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