Photo: press-service of Roscosmos
Astronauts Roscosmos Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev spent aboard the International space station 7 hours 46 minutes instead of the planned 6 hours and 10 minutes. The delay is due to the large volume of works on installation of antennas and other equipment for Russian-German experiment, “Icarus”, reports “Interfax”.
The head of space flight centre rocket and space Corporation “Energia” Alexander Kaleri explained that the delay mainly occurred during the laying of cables. “Was a long enough cable route, it is always a difficult job. Cables a lot, you need to move, and to insure, and to put them in order,” said Kaleri.
Because of this, the astronauts had to reduce the amount of work on another experiment called “Test”. In the framework dismantled the device-exhibits with microorganisms placed in August 2017 on the outer surface of the ISS Russian segment, which later return to Earth. There they will explore the scientists studying the time constraints of the viability of the microorganisms in the outer space.
It is noted that the spacewalk was the second for the Russian astronauts in 2018. In February, cosmonauts Anton shkaplerov and Alexander Misurkin have set a record for length of stay in the open space among the colleagues from Russia. They were in the vacuum of space 8 hours 13 minutes, for 6 minutes blocking the achievement of Sergei Ryazansky and Oleg Kotov.
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