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Russian cosmonauts spacewalk outside International Space Station

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 00:34

Aug. 22 - Two Russian cosmonauts walk in space to remove a space laser communications system from the Russian side of the International Space Station. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Two Russian cosmonauts floated outside the International Space Station on Thursday morning (August 21). The cosmonauts are removing a space laser communications system on the Russian side of the ISS. The plan is to check six antennas attached to Russia's main compartment after an antenna cover came off and floated away on Monday (August 19). Russian officials want to know which antenna it came from. It is the second space walk for Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin in a week, as they stepped out last Friday (August 16) as well. The two flight engineers took part in a record 7-hour, 29-minute spacewalk on August 16, the longest ever by Russian cosmonauts. NASA is still investigating the cause of a spacesuit helmet leak that forced two other crew members at the space station to abort a spacewalk on July 16. Russia's Orlan spacesuits are different from NASA's but "due diligence" was paid in preparation for this spacewalk," officials said.

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Russian cosmonauts spacewalk outside International Space Station

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 00:34