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Station Crew Completes First Expedition 22 Spacewalk
ISS022-E-025742 -- Oleg Kotov

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Expedition 22 flight engineer, participates in a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as maintenance and construction continue on the International Space Station Credit: NASA

Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Max Suraev completed the first spacewalk of the Expedition 22 mission at 10:49 a.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 14.

During the spacewalk, the two cosmonauts prepared the Mini-Research Module 2, known as Poisk, for future Russian vehicle dockings. Suraev and Commander Jeff Williams will be the first to use the new docking port when they relocate their Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft from the aft port of the Zvezda service module on Jan. 21.

This was the third spacewalk for Kotov, who made two spacewalks in 2007 as an Expedition 15 flight engineer, and the first for Suraev.

Throughout the week, Kotov and Suraev completed a variety of tasks in anticipation of the spacewalk including resizing spacesuits, conducting routine spacesuit maintenance, configuring spacewalk equipment and conducting a suited “dry run” check Tuesday.

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