If you, like many people, could use a temporary breather from the happenings here on Planet Earth's surface, NASA is broadcasting a live video feed of two Russian cosmonauts making repairs outside of the International Space Station.
Live video by Ustream
At 10:30 a.m. EDT, Pavel Vinogradov and Roman Romanenko opened the airlocks and stepped out into zero gravity to get to work. Their first task will be to install a new module that will study plasma waves and how they affect weather in Earth's ionosphere. But that's just the beginning:
[Then] they will retrieve the Biorisk experiment, which studied the effect of microbes on spacecraft structures. If time permits, they also will retrieve one section of the Vinoslivost experiment, which exposed materials samples to space.
While at the far end of Zvezda, Vinogradov and Romanenko will replace a faulty retro-reflector device, one of a suite of navigational aids that will provide assistance to the European Space Agency's Albert Einstein Automated Transfer Vehicle 4 cargo ship during its final approach for an automated docking to the space station in June. [NASA]
Read more about their busy day ahead over here.
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