Russian Cosmonauts Conduct Space-Walk To Work On ISS

Category: Technology / Jun 24, 2013 2:14PM EDT

Two Russian cosmonauts handled some outside maintenance on the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday (June 24) during a scheduled six-hour spacewalk to fix the exterior and prepare for the attachment of a new module later this year.

54 year-old Fyodor Yurchikhin, on his fourth ISS mission, left the orbital outpost with Alexander Misurkin, on his first ever space walk.

The Russian flight engineers emerged from their 250-mile-high-home to collect several space experiments, replace a fluid flow control panel, and install clamps for future power cables.

This spacewalk is the 169th in support of ISS maintenance and the sixth space walk for Yurchikhin.

Both cosmonauts wore NASA helmet cameras to provide close up video footage of their work.

The Russian Federal Space Agency hopes to launch a combination research facility, airlock and docking port late this year on a Proton rocket.

The ISS is a $100 billion research orbiting laboratory that is owned by the U.S. and Russia, in partnership with Europe, Japan, and Canada.

Video Credit: Reuters