Russian cosmonauts broke the record

9-02-2018, 12:30

Russian cosmonauts broke the record

Two Russian cosmonauts: the commander of the crew of the ISS-53/54 expedition Alexander Misurkin and the onboard engineer Anton Shkaplerov - broke the world record of a person’s stay in a Russian spacesuit in outer space. Misurkin and Shkaplerov were in space for 8 hours and 13 minutes - seven minutes longer than Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky in December 2013. This is the first spacewalk in 2018.

Russian cosmonauts broke the record

The astronauts replaced the receiving equipment of the Zvezda module with the ISS. It was originally planned that the exit will last 6 hours and 40 minutes - the astronauts left the Pirs module at 6:35 pm Moscow time on February 2 and should have returned at 01:15 on February 3. But problems arose after the installation of the module was completed, with the antenna brought into position.

Russian cosmonauts broke the record

During their time in space, Misurkin and Shkaplerov took some photos.
The astronauts faced a number of difficulties in dismantling the old receiver, who had been in space for 17 years. According to Shkaplerov, initially, when the Zvezda module was launched into orbit, it was not intended to dismantle it in space.The astronauts hardly unscrewed a number of nuts - it is inconvenient to work at this place of the station's plating and there were no exits there before.

Russian cosmonauts broke the record

The longest exit in the history of world space exploration - 8 hours 56 minutes - on March 1, 2001, the American astronauts James Voss and Susan Helms performed on board the International Space Station.

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