Watch 2 Russian cosmonauts perform spacewalk today

Two Russian cosmonauts will perform a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) today (May 12), and you can watch it live.

Sergey Prokopyev, commander of the International Space Station's current Expedition 69, and flight engineer Dmitry Petelin are scheduled to step into the void at 11:55 a.m. EDT (1555 GMT), kicking off an excursion expected to last about seven hours.

You can watch the action live here at, courtesy of NASA, or directly via the space agency. Coverage will begin at 11:30 a.m. EDT (1530 GMT).

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Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev jettisons an 11-pound (5-kilogram) bundle of spent equipment and no longer needed items off the side of the International Space Station during a May 3, 2023 spacewalk. (Image credit: NASA TV)

During the spacewalk, Prokopyev and Petelin will "translate toward the Nauka science module to deploy and activate a radiator they installed on April 19 during a previous spacewalk," NASA officials wrote in an update on Wednesday (May 10).

Nauka is a relatively new addition to the ISS, having docked with the orbiting complex in July 2021. The module's arrival was dramatic and a bit stressful; Nauka's thrusters fired unexpectedly shortly after docking, briefly tilting the station.

Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin work to remove a radiator from the International Space Station's Rassvet module before installing it on the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module with assistance from the European robotic arm during a spacewalk on April 19, 2023. (Image credit: NASA)

Today's excursion will be the third spacewalk that Prokopyev and Petelin conduct together during Expedition 69. 

In addition to the April 19 extravehicular activity, the duo ventured outside the ISS on May 3 to transfer an airlock to the Nauka module, among other tasks.

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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.