NASA to televise spacewalk

Tune in on August 15th to watch Russian cosmonauts, Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev, launch satellites from the International Space Station.

The expected six hours spacewalk will be broadcast on NASA Television and the agency’s website, live from 11:15 am.

Artemyev and Prokopyev will be exiting the ISS via the Pirs airlock at 11:58 am EDT.

Along with launching four small technology satellites, the pair of cosmonauts will be retrieving material science samples from the hull of the Zvezda service module. The Zvezda module was the first entirely Russian contribution to the ISS and served as one of the early human living quarters measuring around 13.1 meters.

Filling out the rest of their time will be installing an experiment called Icarus onto the Russian segment of the ISS. Icarus is intended to study the migratory patterns of small animals on Earth and formed in collaboration between the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Roscosmos (Russia’s space agency).

The instalment will include an antenna and GPS hardware for tracking tagged animals. The data collected from Icarus will monitor how and where animals migrate, their population density shifts and disease spread.

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