Two cosmonauts have broken the record for the longest Russian spacewalk which went on for a duration of eight hours, thirteen minutes, breaking the previous record of eight hours, seven minutes.
On Friday, February 2, the spacewalk was performed by Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin and Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, who stepped out of NASA’s Internation Space Station (ISS).
During the spacewalk, they upgraded a high antenna system at 10:34 am EST (9:04 pm IST) and the maintenance continued till 6:47 pm EST (5:17 am Saturday IST).
A new electronics and telemetry box for an antenna on the Zvezda service module was installed during the record-breaking spacewalk. It was done to enhance communications between Russian flight controllers and the Russian modules, NASA scientists wrote in a blog post.
The blog post further said that the antenna system appeared to be working normally.