Cosmonauts Complete Russian Spacewalk

Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko
Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko gets ready to close the hatch to the Pirs airlock ending the spacewalk. Credit: NASA TV

International Space Station Expedition 44 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency completed a spacewalk lasting 5 hours, 31 minutes at 3:51 p.m. EDT. The spacewalkers rigged new equipment on the Russian segment of the complex and conducted a detailed photographic inspection of the exterior of the outpost.

This was the 188th spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance, totaling 1,177 hours, or the equivalent of 49 days. Padalka’s ten spacewalks total 38 hours, 37 minutes. Kornienko’s two spacewalks total 12 hours, 13 minutes.

While the cosmonauts were working outside the station, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren, along with Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, sampled lettuce from the Veggie plant growth system on the International Space Station at 12:46 p.m. EDT. Lindgren first harvested half the crop and cleaned the “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce. NASA is maturing Veggie technology aboard the station to provide future pioneers with a sustainable food supplement — a critical part of NASA’s journey to Mars. This is the first time a station-grown crop has officially been on the menu for station crew members. The remaining lettuce will be frozen on the station until it can be returned to Earth for scientific analysis.

Video of the crew sampling the lettuce is on NASA’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=D_723qwjULM

More details about the Veggie harvest is here: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/meals_ready_to_eat

Learn more about the International Space Station at https://www.nasa.gov/station

5 thoughts on “Cosmonauts Complete Russian Spacewalk”

  1. Good to see humanity living together and sharing ideas for the benefit of human kind even if our politician don’t .

  2. Congratulations for spacewalk success!
    The universe and astronauts and cosmonauts show various
    fresh faces on respective mission and attract us.
    I am filled with lots of these surprise and discovery! I am so happy.
    Very thanks. I am looking forward to these mission for always.

  3. Even if mankind live on the other planets,
    there may come the day people tell any planets
    are our home,I wonder.
    However I hope they never forget that just
    this earth is the very place we mankinds were
    born.

  4. For us,every missions are like dreams,but
    in actual these are conneting directly to
    the issues of future life of humanbeings.

    If the space-grown lettce are put on sale,
    I will buy it soon definately!
    It is so nice Green oasis in space garden!
    Since it can also remove carbon dioxide.

  5. For us,every missions are like dreams,but
    in actual these are conneting directly to
    the future life of humanbeings!

    If the space-grown lettce are put on sale,
    I will buy it soon definately!
    It is so nice Green oasis in space garden!
    Since it can also remove carbon dioxide.

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