Thursday, January 14, 2010

Spacewalkers Ready For Final Tasks At Station

Two Russian cosmonauts are ambling through an excursion outside the International Space Station, preparing to tackle a couple final chores before wrapping up the 137th spacewalk performed in the assembly and maintenance of the frontier outpost.

Oleg Kotov and Max Suraev have rigged up a newly arrived module for service as a docking compartment. The Piosk, or "Search, module will double as an airlock. It's almost identical to the Russian Pirs airlock on the opposite side of the Russian Zvezda Service module.

The spacewalk started at 5:05 a.m. and has proceeded without major problems. Kotov and Suraev are finishing up cable and antenna installations of the exterior of the Poisk module. Then they will turn to two final tasks: Setting up a docking target and retrieving an experiment canister mounted outside the Service Module.

You can watch the excursion live here in The Flame Trench. Simply click the NASA TV box on the right side of the page to launch our NASA TV viewer and be sure to refresh this page for periodic updates.

Click HERE for a detailed timeline for the spacewalk.

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