Russian Cosmonauts Are Taking a Spacewalk Today: Watch It Live

Alexander Misurkin
Cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin is pictured in a Russian Orlan spacesuit during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Aug. 22, 2013. This was the third spacewalk he performed during Expedition 36. Misurkin will take the fourth spacewalk of his career on Feb. 2, 2018. (Image credit: NASA)

Russian cosmonauts are taking a spacewalk at the International Space Station (ISS) today (Feb. 2), and you can watch the entire 6.5-hour excursion live online.

Expedition 54 Cmdr. Alexander Misurkin and flight engineer Anton Shkaplerov will put on a pair of Russian-made Orlan spacesuits before exiting the ISS through the Pirs airlock at 10:34 a.m. EST (1534 GMT). Live coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 9:45 a.m. EST (1445 GMT), and you can watch it live here on, courtesy of NASA TV.  

During this extravehicular activity (EVA), the two cosmonauts will replace an electronics box for one of the communications antennas outside the Zvezda Service Module, one of the main segments on the Russian side of the space station. [Space Station Photos: Expedition 54 Crew in Orbit]

The spacewalkers will install an upgraded electronics box and jettison the old one, pushing it off into space, where it will eventually burn up in Earth's atmosphere, NASA officials wrote in the ISS blog.

If there's time left after replacing the electronics box, the crew can work on some optional "get-ahead" tasks. "A pair of exposed experiments, Test and Biorisk, are due to be retrieved and brought back inside the station," NASA officials said. "The cosmonauts may also photograph the back of Zvezda, reposition a foot restraint and jettison old experiment gear."

The Russian spacewalk will be the second this year following an EVA by NASA astronauts Scott Tingle and Mark Vande Hei on Jan. 23. NASA had planned a second EVA for Jan. 29, but flight controllers postponed it to Feb. 15 as they work to fix a software glitch that arose during the first spacewalk.

Today's spacewalk will be the fourth of Misurkin's career and the second for Shkaplerov, and it will be the 207th spacewalk at the ISS since construction began in 1998.

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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.