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Russian spacewalk will prepare space station for new module

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Expedition 64 Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, left, and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, right, of Roscosmos are seen during pressure checks of their Sokol suits during the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft fit check, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Ryzhikov, Kud-Sverchkov, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins are preparing for launch to the International Space Station in their Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 14, Baikonur time. Photo Credit: (NASA/GCTC/Andrey Shelepin)

Two Russian cosmonauts will conduct a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station on Wednesday. Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov will prepare the outside of the space station's Russian segment to receive a new module.

(CNN)Two cosmonauts, both from the Russian space agency Roscosmos, will conduct a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station on Wednesday.

Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov will be preparing the outside of the space station's Russian segment to receive a new module.

This is Ryzhikov's second time on the space station and Kud-Sverchkov's first.

Ryzhikov will be designated EV1 and Kud-Sverchkov will be designated EV2 -- which is less confusing than when they were referred to as "Sergey 1" and "Sergey 2" during a press conference appearance aboard the space station in October.

Kate Rubins, the NASA astronaut who launched with the cosmonauts in October from Kazakhstan, will help the guys suit up and monitor their progress throughout the spacewalk.

The NASA SpaceX Crew-1 flight docked at the space station on Tuesday, bringing the total astronauts on the station to seven (plus one Baby Yoda serving the all-important job as a zero gravity indicator).

Crew-1 carried NASA astronauts Victor Glover Jr. , Michael Hopkins and Shannon Walker and Japan's Soichi Noguchi to the space station for their six-month stay.

NASA's Commercial Crew program can expand the amount of astronauts on the space station — which means that more science, and even new types of experiments, can happen in the unique microgravity environment.

It's a historic moment for the space station.

This will be the first long-duration crew including seven members in the space station's 20 years.

November 2 marked 20 years for a continuous human presence on the space station.

Previously, the space station has hosted as many as 13 people, but only for a few days as crews came and went.

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