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Two ISS cosmonauts step out into space today

Two Russian cosmonauts from the International Space Station (ISS) are performing a spacewalk this Wednesday, January 19.

The outing began at 12 p.m. (French time) and is broadcast live on the youtube channel of the American Space Agency (Nasa).

The operation must last more than seven hours. It is led by cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, respectively ISS captain and flight engineer. Both arrived on board the station in October 2021.

The objective of the outing is to perform several technical operations on Prichal, an ISS module. Prichal allows different spacecraft to dock with the station. The two cosmonauts must install cables and handrails there.

Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov are not the only ones currently living in the ISS: the station is also home to astronauts Mark Vande Hei (USA), Kayla Barron (USA), Matthias Maurer (Germany), Thomas Mashburn ( United States) and Raja Chari (United States).

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