Russian cosmonauts from the crew of the international space station (ISS) Aleksandr Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov successfully completed this year’s first spacewalk.
Members of the ISS crew in the course of repair and maintenance work on the outer surface of the ISS set a record of Russia for the duration of stay in the open space. They spent the outside of the station for 8 hours and 13 minutes.
Cosmonauts had to replace the receiving equipment of the aerial of the module «Zvezda». It will allow providing almost round-the-clock two-way information transmission to the Russian segment from the Earth.
The previous record of duration stay in space among Russian cosmonauts as part of one exit belonged to Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky in December 2013, they stayed in space 8 hours and 7 minutes. The longest in the history of world Astronautics output is 8 hours 56 minutes that year March 1, 2001, complied with the American astronauts James Voss and Susan Helms.