Oleg Kononenko and Alexey Ovchinin have completed their spacewalk, titled VKD-46 on Wednesday. The duo installed handrails on the Russian segment, retrieved science experiments from the Poisk module and conduct maintenance work – including the jettison of four payloads. They opened the EVA with a tribute to the first man to walk in space, Alexei Leonov, who celebrates his 85th birthday on Thursday.
As per usual, Russian spacewalks are often less to do with crucial repairs to the orbital outpost and more related to minor housekeeping and experiment retrievals – along with the trademark of a Russian EVA with the “throwing overboard” – or jettisoning – old hardware and towels.
Expedition 59 Commander Kononenko and Flight Engineer Ovchinin opened the hatch to the Pirs docking compartment airlock and conducted initial safety checks and the preparation of foot restraints before – after around 30 minutes of trying to get into position – filming a special message for Leonov.
After about 30 minutes trying to get into position for this, Oleg Kononenko and Alexey Ovchinin send a birthday message to Alexei Leonov – the first man to walk in space. Leonov is 85 years old on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/OdA5Aj98ll
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