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August 02, 2011

ISS Space Walk to be Featured on NASA Channel

By Chris DiMarco, TMCnet Web Editor

NASA television has agreed to broadcast space walk footage this Wednesday as two cosmonauts set out to replaces faulty communications equipment on the exterior of the ISS space station. Coverage of the event will begin around 9 a.m. CDT (News - Alert) with the missions expected to last around six hours.

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While replacing the communications equipment on the outside of the Zvezda module is the first order of business, Russian flight engineers Sergei Volkov and Alexander Samokutyaev will also be tasked with collecting a faulty and antennae and deploying a prototype satellite.

The micro-satellite prototype, known as ARISSat-1 has been developed in conjunction with Radio Amateur Satellite Corp. (AMSAT), the NASA Office of Education ISS National Lab Project, and the Amateur Radio on ISS (ARISS) working group.

The satellite was designed to work with up to four student experiments, and will enable them to send information from space via radio signal. This particular prototype is loaded with an experiment designed to check atmospheric pressure.

The satellite will also act as a Morse code tracking for "ham" radio operators world-wide.

The space walk will be the third for Volkov, and the first for Samokutyaev. Check your local listings to join the team as they fulfill these exciting mission objectives live on NASA’s channel.

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Chris DiMarco is a Web Editor for TMCnet. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University. Prior to joining TMC (News - Alert) Chris worked with e-commerce provider Suresource as a contact center representative and development analyst. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page. Follow him on Twitter (News - Alert) @cpdimarco.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca