Cosmonauts on spacewalk begin configuring new European robotic arm outside space station

Two cosmonauts began the work needed to add a European-built robotic arm to the outside of the International Space Station on Monday (April 18), completing the first in as many as seven spacewalks planned to activate the new remote manipulator.

Expedition 67 flight engineers Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev, both of Russia’s federal space corporation Roscosmos, exited the station’s Poisk module on the space-facing side of the station’s Russian segment at 11 am EDT (1500 GMT), beginning the 6 hour, 37- minute extravehicular activity (EVA).

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