Russian Cosmonauts GoPro HD Spacewalk Video Fixing ISS & Article on Russian Side of Station

Russian Cosmonauts Perform 5-hourRoscosmos, Russian Federal Space Agency logo.
Spacewalk Working on Space Station

Hardware maintenance may not sound like the most riveting spectacle…unless it’s happening 400 kilometers above the planet. Russia’s space agency has released a video of two Russian Cosmonauts, Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko, busy at work outside the International Space Station. The men spent five and a half hours in the hazardous zero-gravity vacuum.

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Stunning GoPro: Russian Cosmonauts 5-hour ISS

First Russian Female Cosmonaut
in 17 years Ready for ISS Launch

The spacecraft will take Barry Wilmore of the United States, Aleksander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of Russia to the International Space Station. Serova will become the first Russian woman to crew ISS in 17 years.

Look at Russian Side & Their Jobs on ISS
Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine, Sept. 2015

September 2015 cover of Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine with story on Russian side of life at International Space Station. An article in the September 2015 issue of the Smithsonian Air & Space magazine provided a look not only how the Russians live and work on the International Space Station (ISS), but the commonalities that keep it going. It first went on to explain that the partner space agencies in ISS, United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada, appear to be “harmonious partners” but that there is really a separation in terms of living, working quarters and labor between the Russians and the others.

On the Russian side, at the end of Russian built propulsion and storage and module Zarya (Sunrise) is the Zvezda (Star) module which is the primary Russian living quarters. On the the other side is the American side with European and Japanese laboratories attached, essentially making it a divided life in which Western audiences rarely get to see Russian cosmonauts at all.

Russian Cosmonauts Living on International Space StationBut Zvezda is also what amounts to, as described in a Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine in September 2015 article, a “living quarters for the Russian crew and works as a space tug for the entire outpost, steering it, as necessary, away from space junk and compensating for the constant drag of the upper atmosphere. It also provides a powerful life-support system that works in tandem with the system inside the U.S. lab, Destiny.

“Inside their Zvezda home, the cosmonauts have turned the module’s aft bulkhead into a wall of honor on which they put photos and mementos. A careful student of Russian culture could monitor certain political moves by watching the changing images on the wall, which serves as a backdrop for crew photos and ceremonial broadcasts. The Soviet-era Salyut and Mir stations had similar walls, and naturally this prominent spot was often adorned with portraits of Vladimir Lenin and other Communist leaders. Sharp-tongued space engineers dubbed this spot ‘iconostasis,’ referring to a wall in Russian orthodox cathedrals where icons of the saints are displayed. The nickname has turned out to be prophetic.”

     International Space Station Russian Segment

Graphic cross-section of Russian segment of the International Space Station.

The following quotes from the article pretty much sum up the division of labor on the station; the Russians participating in few scientific experiments, keeping the station fixed and running while on the U.S. is replacement of worn out parts and scientific experiments of various kinds.

International Space Station with Russian segments highlighted in a graphic cross-section format. While answering online reader questions for the Moscow-based magazine Novosti Kosmonatiki, cosmonaut Sergei Ryazansky acknowledged the problem: ‘Our share in numbers [of scientific experiments] is obviously less than we wanted. We can argue about the scientific value of experiments conducted by our [non-Russian] colleagues, but their equipment and its deployment is thought out and organized much better. On Mir we had specialized scientific modules and the entire spectrum of scientific research, but the ISS, in this respect, is in much worse shape’.“

“Nor do Russian cosmonauts participate in non-Russian scientific programs. ‘Crews work together during the flight onboard Soyuz and during emergency practice drills,’ Ryazansky explained. ‘The rest of the time, everybody works according to their plans and schedules. Of course, we try to get together for dinners, when we discuss current affairs, and to watch TV shows and movies, but unfortunately, not every day’.”

Click Here to read the whole article entitled A Rare Look at the Russian Side of the Space Station: How the other half lives.