NASA will provide coverage as two Roscosmos cosmonauts conduct a series of spacewalks in November and December outside the International Space Station to prepare hardware on the Rassvet module for installation on the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module.
During the spacewalks, Expedition 68’s Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin will venture outside of the Poisk module to oversee the transfer of a radiator, an airlock, and to make electrical and hydraulic connections. Inside the orbital complex, cosmonaut Anna Kikina will control the ESA (European Space Agency) European robotic arm on Nauka to move the radiator and the airlock into position for the spacewalkers.
The content and coverage times of the spacewalks are (all times EST):
Thursday, Nov. 17
9 a.m. – NASA TV coverage begins for spacewalk to prepare the radiator on Rassvet for the move to Nauka.
Friday, Nov. 25
6 a.m. – NASA TV coverage begins for spacewalk to move the radiator from Rassvet to Nauka using ESA’s robotic arm, and make electrical and hydraulic connections.
Tuesday, Dec. 6
2 a.m. – NASA TV coverage begins for spacewalk to move the Rassvet airlock from Rassvet to Nauka and install it using ESA’s robotic arm.
Thursday, Dec. 21
6:30 p.m. – NASA TV coverage begins to deploy newly relocated radiator on Nauka.
The spacewalk scheduled for Nov. 17 will be the third for Prokopyev, who will wear the Orlan spacesuit with the red stripes for all spacewalks. It will be the first spacewalk for Petelin, who will wear the spacesuit with the blue stripes.