A problem with the cosmonauts’ uniforms put an end to Russia’s spacewalk

Last night's spacewalk by Russian space agency astronauts ended earlier than planned due to a malfunction in the power system of the astronauts' suits.

BingMag.com A problem with the cosmonauts’ uniforms put an end to Russia’s spacewalk

Last night's spacewalk by Russian space agency astronauts ended earlier than planned due to a malfunction in the power system of the astronauts' suits.

The new Russian space station activity had started at 09:53 EDT (18:23 Tehran time), but after reporting a fluctuation in the battery voltage of Oleg Artemyev's space suit, the mission control team In Moscow, he ordered an immediate halt to the operation.

Although Artemiev, the commander of Expedition 67, was not in immediate danger, if his space suit was powered down, his ability to communicate with His co-astronaut Denis Matveev and the ground control team of the mission were lost until they reached the space station again. Thus, the astronauts returned to the station 2.5 hours ahead of schedule. and entered the airlock. "I think we need some solar panels on the spacesuit to charge the batteries during the mission," Artymov said after returning. ">

Artemiv and Matveev, both from the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, continued to equip the European-made robotic arm that arrived at the station in July 2021 on this spacewalk, and before stopping the operation, they managed to Install the camera and remove a fastener and thermal insulation related to the launch time from the end of the robotic arm. But some other planned tasks were postponed until the next spacewalk.

Once fully configured, the European robotic arm will be used to transport cargo and equipment outside the Russian section of the space station. This arm named "ERA" joins Canadarm2 robotic arm and Japanese Kibo arm, which are currently used for maintenance and various missions outside the space station.

This Russian spacewalk, which ended at 13:54 EDT (22:24 Tehran time), is the seventh spacewalk of 2022 and the 252nd overall spacewalk since the maintenance of the space station began. It is considered in 1998. Thus, the duration of the space station operation for Artymov reached 45 hours and 45 minutes and for Matev to 18 hours and 20 minutes.

Photos: Spacewalk 252 by Russian astronauts
Credit: NASA

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