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Photos: Spacewalking Cosmonauts Upgrade Space Station (Aug. 2012)

Cosmonaut Works on Crane Outside ISS

NASA TV

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko works on a crane outside the International Space Station's Poisk module during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Aug. 20, 2012.

Spherical Satellite to be Tossed by Cosmonauts

NASA

This NASA graphic shows the small, spherical satellite that cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Yuri Malenchenko will toss into space during an Aug. 20, 2012, spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

Cosmonaut Spacewalkers for Aug. 20 Excursion

NASA

This NASA graphic shows veteran cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Yuri Malenchenko who will perform a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Aug. 20, 2012.

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