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Russian spacewalkers will 'flex' space station's robotic arm

Russian spacewalkers will 'flex' space station's robotic arm

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Two Russian cosmonauts will give the International Space Station's new robotic arm a bit of a workout on Thursday.

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Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev exited the space station at 10:58 a.m. ET to begin their spacewalk, which is expected to last for about six and a half hours.

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Live coverage of the spacewalk is airing on NASA's TV channel and website.

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Artemyev will be identifiable in the Russian Orlan spacesuit bearing red stripes, while Matveev is wearing a spacesuit with blue stripes.

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This is the second spacewalk for Matveev and the fifth for veteran spacewalker Artemyev.

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Artemyev and Matveev are conducting work on the robotic arm outside the Russian Nauka multipurpose module. Their work began during a spacewalk on April 18.

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