Cosmonauts complete longest Russian spacewalk

Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov spent more than eight hours outside the International Space Station, successfully installing a new electronics box.

Two Russian astronauts, Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov, have completed the longest Russian space walk.

The two men were working on the outside International Space Station (ISS) for eight hours and 13 minutes to install a new electronics box. Watch the video below to see men at work.

[Read more: What is the International Space Station?]

The astronauts were on the 207th spacewalk in support of the ISS’s assembly and maintenance, and their extravehicular activity (EVA) became the fifth longest spacewalk in the history of human spaceflight.

Part of their job while outside the space station was to replace the communications antenna which Nasa says is now working. However, it was not a smooth replacement.

The antenna ended up pointing 180 degrees in the wrong direction – but Nasa says “the antenna system appears to be working normally”.

The previous box was jettisoned into space to be burnt up by the earth’s atmosphere.

The ISS is a spacecraft and research laboratory that orbits earth at an altitude of around 220 miles and is home to up to six astronauts at a time.

The station is divided into two sections, the Russian Orbital Segment, which hosts Russian cosmonauts, and the United States Orbital Segment.

[Read more: Take a guided tour of the International Space Station]

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