Russian cosmonaut and European astronaut hang outside ISS in gravity-defying footage

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 in 20 year that a European astronaut has travelled outside of the ISS with a Russian cosmonaut. CNN reports.

The International Space Station is a shared international initiative

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International Space Station is an international joint initiativeCredit: Reuters
Today's spacewalking pair both wore Russian-made space suits

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Today’s spacewalking couple wore Russian space suitsNASA. Credit
The team spent six and a half hours doing maintenance on the ISS

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Maintenance on the ISS took six and a quarter hours for the team.NASA. Credit

Global collaboration was the basis of the creation of the ISS.

Access to the orbiting science laboratory is shared by Europe, Russia, Canada and Japan.

It is common for international crews, regardless of the Earth’s surface below, to share the cabin’s 32,000 square feet.

Three crew-4 astronauts from Nasa hail from Western countries and met three cosmonauts of Russia onboard the ISS.

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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 ricocheted off of 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’s the first Nasa team to include equal numbers of women and men, including Jessica Watkins, the first Black woman in long-term spaceflight.

Crew-4 astronauts will be investigating ways to improve the quality of their lives. Use cement in space for future use on a lunar or Martian colony.

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