ISS crew to embark on 2 spacewalks in August
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Four International Space Station (ISS) crew members will embark on two spacewalks to install new equipment and replace defective installations, the United States (US) space agency Nasa said on Tuesday.
Russia's Gennady Padalka and Yury Malenchenko will carry out a six-hour spacewalk on Aug 20, the lead flight director for the current ISS mission, Dina Contella, told reporters from the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas.
The cosmonauts, who have racked up a total of 12 spacewalks between them, will install a shield to protect one of the ISS modules from micro-meteorites and space debris. They will also reposition a telescopic crane.
On Aug 30, American Sunita Williams and Japan's Akihiko Hoshide will leave the station for about six and a half hours to replace a faulty camera and cables.