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A space walk of the Russian-American crew of ISS has been put off from December 8 to a later date
A space walk of the Russian-American crew of the International Space Station (ISS) under a Russian programme has been put off from December 8 to a later date. “The extravehicular activity of Valery Tokarev and William McArthur is not planned in December,” Russia’s Mission Control Center spokesman Valery Lyndin told Itar-Tass on Thursday. Mission Control Center flight director Vladimir Solovyov said that the postponement of the space walk was expedient, as the spacemen would not have to receive an American shuttle, and for this reason the crew’s workloads could be decreased in December. “It was initially planned that the American shuttle will come to the ISS in March, but now it is apparent that the 12th crew will not work with the shuttle,” Solovyov said. If the shuttle was launched on schedule, Tokarev and McArthur would have to prepare for receiving it in February and March, he explained. According to the latest information of the US space agency NASA, the shuttle will not be launched earlier than in May or July. Lyndin said that a date of the space walks was uncertain as yet. However, NASA sources have named February 2, 2006, as a precise date. In December, the ISS crew will conduct different experiments and free the space station from spent equipment, loading it into a Progress M-54 supply ship that will be dumped in the Pacific Ocean at the end of the month. The spacemen are also to prepare for receiving a next supply ship that is to be launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on December 21, Lyndin said.
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