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Two Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) finished the fist spacewalk this year on Friday, the Russian Mission Control center said.|
Oleg Skripochka and Dmitry Kondratyev, both 41, opened the exit hatch of the Russian Pirs Module around 17:30 Moscow time (14:30 GMT) and ended the work in outer space at 22:52 Moscow time (19:52 GMT) , the mission control said.
According to earlier reports, they were expected to install a Russian-made high-speed data transmission equipment on the Zvezda service module, disassembling the impulse plasma injector and installing a camera on the Rassvet module during the spacewalk.
According to web-site of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, this was Dmitry Kondratyev's first spacewalk and for Oleg Skripochka this was a second "trip" outside the station.
Skripochka completed his first spacewalk with Fyodor Yurchikhin in November 2010.
"Spacesuit systems provide a supply of oxygen and dispose of carbon monoxide, maintain a comfortable temperature for a cosmonaut and also provide a radio connection," Kondratyev wrote in his blog.
During his last communication with the mission control before the spacewalk, Skripochka said he was missing home-made food.
The service life of the ISS, which has been in orbit for 10 years, ends in 2015 but participants of the project - Canada, the European Union, Japan, Russia and the United States - are currently discussing ways to extend its operation until 2020.