Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai prepares tools for the extravehicular activities.
Russians Prep for a Spacewalk
Cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin (left) and Anton Shkaplerov are pictured in their Russian Orlan spacesuits during a fit check on Jan. 31, 2018.
Firsts in 2018
In preparation for the first spacewalk at the ISS in 2018, NASA astronaut Scott Tingle tests his U.S. spacesuit.
NASA astronaut Scott Tingle works on a U.S. spacesuit inside the Quest airlock on Jan. 2, 2018, before a pair of spacewalks were scheduled to begin.
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