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The duo, who will be donning Russian Orlan spacesuits, is also expected to move the arm’s control panel, replace a window on the arm’s camera, and extend a boom from the ISS’s Zarya module to the Poisk module for future spacewalks. NASA says that coverage will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET, while the spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. The coverage will be streamed on NASA’s website, app and NASA Television, which is also viewable via YouTube. The spacewalk can also be seen at the feed provided above.


The arm will be used to move incoming payloads and perform other tasks around the station exterior, but the arm’s fate was put in question when ESA director Josef Aschbacher announced earlier this month that ESA and Russia would no longer be collaborating on a future mission to Mars amidst Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Roscosmos director Dmitry Rogozin then posted some inflammatory words for Aschbacher on Telegram and commanded cosmonauts aboard the ISS to cease work on the robotic arm, a directive that Artemyev is now ignoring ahead of his spacewalk with Cristoforetti. No matter, because Rogozin was dismissed from his position as director of Roscosmos just last week.

This upcoming spacewalk is a testament to the collaboration that can exist aboard the International Space Station amongst the shared goal of scientific advancement and excitement for space research, even in the face of strenuous geopolitics.


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