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Two Russian cosmonauts from space station crew start spacewalk

August 18, 2014, 18:43 UTC+3 KOROLYOV (Moscow Region)
Engineers will install scientific equipment and launch a Russian nanosatellite developed jointly by Russian and Peruvian students
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Alexander Skvortsov during a spacewalk in June

Alexander Skvortsov during a spacewalk in June

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KOROLYOV (Moscow Region), August 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Two Russian flight engineers from the International Space Station’s crew, Oleg Artemyev and Alexander Skvortsov, have opened the hatches of the Pirs docking compartment and started their spacewalk, the Mission Control Center reported Monday.

During a more than six-hour spacewalk, Artemyev and Skvortsov will install scientific equipment, launch a Russian nanosatellite developed jointly by Russian and Peruvian students and do some other manipulations required by the program.

The satellite, launched manually, is carrying different data, including children’s drawings which will be transmitted to outer space. The 1.5 kg satellite, unofficially called Chaski-1, was designed by students from Russia’s Kursk and Peru, who worked on it for three years. The satellite will transmit data to Earth using the Morse code.

The satellite will be launched manually. It is carrying different data, including children’s drawings which will be transmitted to outer space.

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