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[b]ISS Expedition 67: Russian Spacewalk 54[/b]
Two Russian cosmonauts are conducting a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station to continue outfitting the European Robotic Arm (ERA) on the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module.
Expedition 67 commander Oleg Artemyev and flight engineer Denis Matveev, both of Roscosmos, began the planned six-and-a-half-hour excursion by exiting the airlock on the space-facing side of the Poisk mini-research module on Wednesday (Aug. 16) at 9:53 a.m. EDT (1353 GMT).
The primary objective of the spacewalk is to install cameras on the European Robotic Arm, relocate an external control panel for the arm from one operating area to another, remove launch restraints near the two end effectors or "hands" of the arm and test a rigidizing mechanism on the arm that will be used to facilitate the grasping of payloads.
The European Robotic Arm will be used to move payloads and equipment outside the Russian segment of the station, joining the Canadian-built Canadarm2 robotic arm and the Japanese Kibo arm already supporting station maintenance, operations, and research.
Artemyev is wearing a Russian Orlan spacesuit with red stripes, while Matveev is using an Orlan with blue stripes. This is the seventh spacewalk for Artemyev and third for Matveev.
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