Astronauts work on science and maintenance while cosmonauts prepare for a spacewalk.


Cosmonauts on the International Space Station prepare for a spacewalk while working on science and maintenance.

The first spacewalk of 2022 will take place at the International Space Station in one week.

While the rest of the Expedition 66 crew works on research and maintenance, two crew members are preparing their spacesuits.

On January 19 at 7 a.m., Station Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrov will exit the Poisk module in their Russian Orlan spacesuits.

They’ll spend about seven hours in space configuring the Prichal docking module and the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module.

On Wednesday, both cosmonauts worked on putting their spacesuits together and attaching components.

During the afternoon, Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei, who will assist the spacewalkers next week, joined the pair and went over the Poisk airlock depressurization and repressurization timeline with them.

Other members of the station’s crew worked on space physics, biology, and laboratory maintenance.

Raja Chari, a NASA flight engineer, began his day by performing maintenance on the Ring Sheared Drop experiment’s hardware before taking a robotics test for a behavioral study.

ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer continued to swab microbe samples from the station’s surfaces for analysis.

Kayla Barron, a NASA astronaut, collected microbe samples from the station’s atmosphere before analyzing samples from a carbon dioxide removal system.

Vande Hei gathered equipment at the end of the day in preparation for station fluid system operations.


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