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Russian cosmonauts to conduct spacewalk Feb. 16

RIA Novosti

19:44 07/02/2011

MOSCOW, February 7 (RIA Novosti) - Two Russian cosmonauts on board the International Space Station are preparing to conduct a spacewalk on February 16, mission control said on Monday.

Dmitry Kondratyev and Oleg Skripochka, both 41, conducted their first spacewalks on January 21.

They installed high-speed data transmission equipment on the Zvezda service module, disassembling an impulse plasma injector and installing a camera on the Rassvet module.

The service life of the station, 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.

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