Russian cosmonauts complete seven-hour spacewalk

This file photo dated June 20, 2021 shows Spacewalkers Shane Kimbrough of NASA (L) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency installing new roll out solar arrays on the International Space Station's P-6 truss structure. (PHOTO / AFP)

VLADIVOSTOK — Two Russian cosmonauts finished their second spacewalk this year from the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, according to a live broadcast by Russia's state space corporation Roscosmos.

Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin exited the Poisk module at 11:00 pm Moscow time (2000 GMT) on Wednesday and started their extravehicular activity.

The main task of their seven-hour-and-11-minute spacewalk was to relocate an airlock chamber from the Rassvet module to the Nauka module, using a robotic arm controlled by another Russian cosmonaut Andrei Fedyaev inside the ISS.

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The cosmonauts encountered some difficulties when trying to connect the chamber to Nauka due to a misalignment of docking units. They managed to fix the problem with the help of ground specialists and successfully completed their mission.

The Nauka multipurpose laboratory module was launched in July last year and became Russia's largest and most advanced research facility on the orbital outpost.