Two Russian cosmonauts made a space walk outside the International Space Station on Feb. 16 to prepare our orbiting laboratory for the arrival of a new module in the following year.
Cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Anton Shkaplerov spent six hours outside the space station, moving the 14-meter crane from one module to another and establish a panel for protection from space debris. Home spacewalk was delayed due to entangled cords.
This output was the first space walk in 2012. Services provided were concerned primarily with the Russian module Pirs, which has long been used as an airlock for space walks and docking port for the spacecraft. This module is equipped with two cranes, both called Arrow, which can be used to deliver a walk in space people to places difficult to reach the Russian segment of the station or to move massive objects.
In contrast to the established Canada’s robotic arm Canadarm2, boom cranes are not mechanized and are angled crank that turns astronauts to reach the desired position.
"This is a manual telescopic pole" - explained Glenda Brown of NASA.
Permutation taps connected to the upcoming installation of a new Russian multipurpose laboratory and docking module to replace the module Pierce.
Docking module Pirs is on the station since its delivery in 2001.
Kononenko and Shkaplerov installed metal panels for protection from space debris.
It was the first outing for Shkaplerova and second in his career for Kononenko.
Apart from them, the station are two Americans, another Russian and one Dutch astronaut.
It was 162 spacewalk in the history of the ISS.