ISS Expedition 67: Russian Spacewalk 52
Two Russian cosmonauts will work outside the International Space Station on Monday (April 18), conducting the first spacewalk in a series dedicated to activating a new robotic arm.
Expedition 67 flight engineers Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev of Roscosmos will begin the planned seven-hour spacewalk at 10:25 a.m. EDT (1425 GMT) by exiting the Poisk module on the space-facing side of the station's Russian segment.
During the spacewalk, the cosmonauts will install and connect a control panel for the European robotic arm, a 37-foot-long manipulator system mounted to the recently arrived Nauka multipurpose laboratory module. Artemyev and Matveev will also remove protective covers from the arm and install handrails on Nauka.
The arm will be used to move spacewalkers and payloads around the Russian segment of the station.
Artemyev will wear a Russian Orlan spacesuit with red stripes. Matveev will wear a spacesuit with blue stripes. This will be the fourth spacewalk in Artemyev’s career, and the first for Matveev. It will be the fourth spacewalk at the station in 2022 and the 249th for International Space Station assembly, maintenance and upgrades.