Two astronauts are on a six-and a half-hour spacewalk outside of the International Space Station (ISS) to fix a robotic arm.
This is the first time that a European and Russian cosmonaut have travelled together outside the ISS in 20 years. CNN reports.
Global collaboration is the foundation of the ISS.
Access to the orbiting science laboratory is shared by Europe, Russia, Canada and Japan.
International crews are more likely to share 32,000 cubic feet of the cabin with one another, regardless what is happening 240 miles below.
Three crew-4 astronauts from Nasa hail from Western countries and met three cosmonauts of Russia onboard the ISS.
While some joint space operations with Russia are moving forward, the Ukraine war is dragging on towards six more months of conflict.
Samantha Cristoforetti, European Space Agency, and Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev braved space to work with a robotic arm that was 37 feet long.
According to a report, Artemyev also launched 10 nanosatellites weighing one pound that collected radio data during spacewalk. Nasa blog.
APAccording to reports, one satellite ricochet from the ISS after an errant throw. But Nasa says there is no risk.
Space-based astronauts observed the war in Ukraine and reported that military engagements could be seen.
ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer told Space.comHe saw “huge clouds of smoke over cities like Mariupol,”But he insists that there was no hostilities between the Westerners, cosmonauts and him while he was aboard the ISS.
Nasa condemned Artemyev and the Kremlin for taking a politically charged photo while aboard the ISS.
Crew-4 astronauts were taken to space by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, and then transported to orbit in the Dragon capsule.
It is the first Nasa crew to be made up of equal numbers of men and women. Jessica Watkins, the first Black woman to make a long-term spaceflight, was part of this crew.
Crew-4 astronauts are going to investigate ways to increase productivity. Make cement in space for future use on a lunar or Martian colony.