Bringing a knife to a spacewalk: Cosmonauts inspect Soyuz leak repair -  SpaceFlight Insider

Watch Russian cosmonauts spacewalk to check out hole in Soyuz capsule

Russian cosmonauts will step outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday to take a close look at a hole in a capsule, and you can follow their journey.

Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev will conduct a spacewalk to investigate the outside of the Soyuz MS-09, where a small hole caused a pressure leak back in August.

The pair will take samples of any residue found on the hull of the capsule — which is used to transport astronauts to and from the ISS — and take photos of the area for further investigation before placing a new thermal blanket over it.

The hole caused speculation about sabotage in Russian media, the New York Times reported Monday, but NASA and Roscosmos held off on elaborating further until the investigation is completed.

Bringing a knife to a spacewalk: Cosmonauts inspect Soyuz leak repair -  SpaceFlight Insider

You can watch the spacewalk, which is expected to take about six hours, from 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. GMT/3 a.m.Wednesday AET) on NASA TV, embedded below.

It’ll be the fourth spacewalk of Kononenko’s career and he’ll be wear a spacesuit with red stripes on this journey, while Prokopyev will bear blue stripes for his second spacewalk.

Kononenko arrived at the ISS on a Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft last Tuesday, along with NASA’s Anne McClain and the Canadian Space Agency’s David Saint-Jacques, weeks after the previous launch had to be aborted shortly after takeoff.

Prokopyev, who’s been on the station for six and half months, will use the MS-09 he’s investigating Tuesday to return to Earth with the European Space Agency’s Alexander Gerst and NASA’s Serena Aunon-Chancellor on Dec. 20.

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