Cosmonauts Complete Fourth Expedition 38 Spacewalk

By  //  January 27, 2014

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installed a pair of high-fidelity cameras

ABOVE VIDEO: NASA’s Space to Ground is your weekly update on what’s happening aboard the International Space Station, including a preview of today’s spacewalk. 

NASA – International Space Station Expedition 38 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) completed a 6-hour, 8-minute spacewalk at 3:08 p.m. EST.

Spacewalker Oleg Kotov works outside the Zvezda service module. (NASA TV image)

Spacewalker Oleg Kotov works outside the Zvezda service module. (NASA TV image)

The spacewalkers installed a pair of high-fidelity cameras on a platform attached to the Zvezda Service Module. The cameras are part of a commercial endeavor between the Russian Federal Space Agency and a Canadian firm involving the downlink of Earth imagery.

Russian flight controllers at the Mission Control Center in Korolev, outside of Moscow, confirmed they are receiving good data from the high resolution camera; however, engineers are continuing to investigate the cause of intermittent data acquisition from the medium-resolution camera.

Spacewalkers Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy get ready to enter the Pirs docking compartment. (NASA image)

Spacewalkers Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy get ready to enter the Pirs docking compartment. (NASA image)

During the first attempt to install these cameras on Dec. 27, flight controllers were unable to receive information from either of the cameras. While outside the orbiting complex, Kotov and Ryazanskiy also retrieved an experiment package housed on Zvezda’s hull.

This was the 178th spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance, totaling 1,121 hours, 52 minutes. Kotov’s six spacewalks total 36 hours, 51 minutes. Ryazanskiy’s three spacewalks total 20 hours, 05 minutes.

Learn more about the International Space Station log on to NASA.gov/station


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