It’s the first of 11 spacewalks the astronauts have taken while working in the multipurpose Nauka Laboratory unit, which includes additional research space and bedrooms. The next space launch, which is expected to take about five hours, is scheduled for September 9.
The Creed was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 21 and docked on July 29.
During Friday’s space ascent, Novitsky and Dubrov will connect power, Ethernet and data cables between Russia’s Nauka and Zvezda servers. The two astronauts will install a handrail and complete all remaining cable routing tasks during their Sept. 9 spaceflight.
Nowitzki will also be present in both spacewalks Crew member Eva No. 1 will wear the Russian Orlan spacesuit with red stripes and Dubrov will be a member of EVA 2 wearing a spacesuit with blue stripes.
It will be the second and third spacewalks of Dubrov and Novitsky, as well as spacewalks 242 and 243 to support the installation, maintenance and modernization of space stations.
Meanwhile, a spacewalk scheduled for August 24, which was scheduled to include NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hai and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshied, scheduled for September 12 — with some changes.
Although no more details have been shared about this issue – apart from the fact that it was not a medical emergency – Vande Hei will now provide in-house support during the space launch on September 12 as it continues to recover.
He will be replaced by astronaut Thomas Pesquet, along with Hoshed. During the rally, Hoshide and Pesquet will install a modification kit that will prepare for future Roll-Out Solar Array installation work.
According to NASA, this will be the first space launch by two international astronauts on the space station from a space room in an orbiting laboratory.
A 360-degree virtual reality camera will photograph Hoshide and Pesquet as they ascend into space.
CNN’s Christine Fisher contributed to this report.
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