Russian Cosmonauts Plan Two Spacewalks At International Space Station Next Year - Source

MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 11th December, 2019) Russian cosmonauts plan to carry out two space walks at the International Space Station (ISS) next year, a source in the space industry told Sputnik.

"EVA-47 [the 47th extravehicular activity on the ISS under the Russian program] is planned for January 15 [2020], but the timing of it depends on NASA [US National Aeronautics and Space Administration]," the source said on Wednesday.

He explained that during the space walk, Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka will replace some parts of the temperature control system of the Zarya module.

The second spacewalk of Russian cosmonauts next year (EVA-48) is planned for October, according to the source.

During the second spacewalk, the Pirs module will be prepared for undocking from the ISS. Pirs will be replaced with another module (Nauka) in November 2020.

This year, Russian cosmonauts carried out only one spacewalk at the ISS. The second planned spacewalks, initially scheduled for the end of October, was postponed until January 2020.