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Two Russian cosmonauts begin spacewalk

June 19, 2014, 18:52 UTC+3 KOROLEV
They will install new equipment and take samples for bacteria on the station’s surface
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Russian flight engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev

Russian flight engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev

© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Metsel

KOROLEV, June 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian flight engineers Oleg Artemyev and Alexander Skvortsov have opened the docking hatches of the International Space Station (ISS) and begun a spacewalk.

“Artemyev and Skvortsov opened the hatches of the docking module Pirs at 18:10 and began extravehicular activities,” the Mission Control Centre told ITAR-TASS on Thursday, June 19.

During their six-hour spacewalk, Artemyev and Skvortsov will install new equipment and take samples for bacteria on the station’s surface. “All work will be performed on the module Zvezda,” the Mission Control said.

The other members of the ISS crew - Maxim Surayev of Russia, Steven Swanson and Gregory Wiseman of NASA, and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency will be assisting their colleagues from inside the station.

The spacewalk is scheduled to be completed at 00:16 Moscow time.

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