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NASA Russian Spacewalkers Inspect Outside ISS – Done – fixed a hole

NASA Russian Spacewalkers Inspect Outside ISS
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NASA Russian Spacewalkers Inspect Outside ISS – OVER – old space suits found

23.45 GMT Cosmonauts wrapped-up their maintenance mission.  They are gathered data and residue to bring back for further investigation.

A pair of empty Orlan spacesuits seen inside the Pirs Docking Compartment airlock.  Russian cosmonauts performed a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, December 11.  This to investigate a mysterious hole that caused an air leak.

Expedition 57 Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos.  The two began a spacewalk when they opened the hatch of the Pirs docking compartment of the International Space Station at 10:59 a.m. EST.  1600 GMT.

Kononenko, on his fourth spacewalk today, is designated extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1), and is wearing a spacesuit bearing red stripes. Prokopyev, on his second spacewalk, is wearing blue stripes and is designated extravehicular crew member 2 (EV2).

The cause of the hole on the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, docked to the station not yet established.

However, Russian officials believe it hole caused by a drill – possibly a deliberate action.

The operation will be complicated because the spacecraft, unlike the ISS, is not designed to be repaired while in space.  It has no railings.

The hole discovered after crew members traced an air leak causing minor loss of pressure on the ISS.

The Soyuz capsule used to deliver a new crew to the laboratory 400km (250 miles) above the Earth in June.

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Cosmonauts flat-out trying to get the job done.  Suspect one or two instruments dropped in space. More space pollution?

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