Cosmonauts on spacewalk ready new Russian docking port for future space station arrivals

Russia’s new multi-port docking module at the International Space Station is now ready to receive its first spacecraft after two cosmonauts completed a seven-hour spacewalk.

Anton Shkaplerov, commander of the space station’s Expedition 66 crew, and Pyotr Dubrov, both of Roscosmos, exited the orbiting outpost on Wednesday (Jan. 19) to run cables to and configure the new Prichal module to be used by future Soyuz crew spacecraft and Progress cargo vehicles. The spacewalk began at 7:17 a.m. EST (1217 GMT) as the two cosmonauts opened the hatch of the Poisk mini-research module on the space-facing side of the station’s Russian segment.