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Russian Cosmonauts Take Spacewalk: Dec. 27, 2013

NASA/Rick Mastracchio, via @AstroRM

Cosmonauts Oleg Kotov, Expedition 38 commander, and flight engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy perform a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Dec. 27, 2013. NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio took this photo from inside the station.

Cosmonaut Spacewalkers for Dec. 27, 2013

NASA TV

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy took a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Dec. 27, 2013 to install commercial Earth observation cameras for the company UrtheCast and swap out experiments on the orbiting laboratory's hull.

Cosmonauts Retrieve UrtheCast Camera

NASA TV

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy retrieve an UrtheCast high-resolution camera from the International Space Station's exterior during a Dec. 27, 2013 spacewalk following a technical glitch.

UrtheCast HD Video Camera for Space

UrtheCast

The Canadian company UrtheCast plans to launch high-definition video cameras like this one to the International Space Station to beam near real-time views of Earth from space.

Spacewalking Cosmonauts Outside Station: Dec. 27, 2013

NASA TV

Cosmonauts Oleg Kotov, Expedition 38 commander, and flight engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy perform a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Dec. 27, 2013. One of the cosmonauts is visible in this view from the other's spacesuit helmet camera.

Russian Cosmonauts On Spacewalk: Dec. 27, 2013

NASA TV

Cosmonauts Oleg Kotov, Expedition 38 commander, and flight engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy perform a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Dec. 27, 2013. One of the cosmonauts is visible in this view from the other's spacesuit helmet camera.

Russian Spacewalk to Install Cameras

NASA TV

Expedition 38 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) ventured outside the International Space Station in a second attempt to install a pair of cameras on the hull of the station's Zvezda Service Module on Jan. 26, 2014.

Russian Spacewalk to Install Cameras

NASA TV

Expedition 38 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) ventured outside the International Space Station in a second attempt to install a pair of cameras on the hull of the station's Zvezda Service Module on Jan. 26, 2014.

Cosmonauts Spacewalk to Install HD Cameras on ISS

NASA TV

Expedition 38 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) ventured outside the International Space Station in a second attempt to install a pair of cameras on the hull of the station's Zvezda Service Module on Jan. 26, 2014.

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