Russian cosmonauts conduct space walk

February 17th, 2012 - 12:56 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Feb 16 (IANS) Two Russian cosmonauts Thursday launched a six-hour space walk outside the International Space Station (ISS), the country’s space agency Roscosmos said.

Cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Anton Shkaplerov began the space walk at 18.31 p.m. (1431 GMT), Xinhua quoted the agency as saying.

The cosmonauts will try to remove a mechanical cargo arm from the ISS’ Pirs docking module, the agency said.

They also planned to set up additional anti-meteorite shields on the Zvezda module.

The current ISS crew consists of six members, including Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoli Ivanishin and Oleg Kononenko from Russia, Donald Pettit and Daniel Burbank from NASA and Andre Kuipers from the European Space Agency.

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