Astronauts take another spacewalk for tamer job

Astronauts take another spacewalk for tamer job

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 9:12 pm
By: AP

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space station’s two Russian astronauts stepped outside for the second time in less than a week Tuesday, taking a spacewalk that promised to be tame compared to last week’s work with explosives. Although Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko had a lengthy to-do list, none of the chores were notably complicated or dangerous this time around. They quickly installed a docking target to be used when a new Russian mini research module arrives next year. But Kononenko had trouble taking pictures of the target; he couldn’t aim his camera the right way as he dangled at the end of a 50-foot boom, his body rotating at times. With Volkov steering the boom from its base and Kononenko on the opposite end, the two looked as though they were riding a giant seesaw. “I don’t know what the camera is going to cover, but I’m taking pictures,” Kononenko said. Russia’s Mission Control outside Moscow urged the spacewalkers to photograph themselves as well. “Beloved,” Mission Control teased. Their other spacewalk jobs included rearranging some foot restraints, and installing a new science experiment to the outside of the international space station and bringing back inside an experiment that looked at cosmic effects on bacteria and fungi. The Russian Space Agency originally planned just one spacewalk for Volkov and Kononenko. But another spacewalk was added and took priority to remove an explosive bolt from the Soyuz capsule parked at the space station; the unprecedented work was carried out successfully Thursday by the pair. Published in The Messenger 7.16.08

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