Today at 5 p.m., Moscow time, astronauts are to leave the shuttle Endeavour which is docked with the International Space Station to perform the second space walk on top the station. A spokesman for Mission Control /Russia/ has reported that the EVA would be performed by the astronauts who worked on top of the station last Sunday -- US space expert Scott Parazynski and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. The Mission Control spokesman noted that the astronauts would stay in open space for some 6.5 hours. They will have to test the Canadian 18-metre robot arm designed to perform construction operations while assembling the station's modules. In addition they will be busy checking the fastening of the new Italian cargo module Raffaello on top of the station, which was delivered by the shuttle Endeavour on Monday and mounted with the help of the Endeavour's robot arm. After the fastening is checked, the Endeavour crew and the ISS-2 Expedition will start unloading the cargo module Raffaello which delivered additional equipment.
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