Russian Spacewalk Underway
December 27th, 2013 | WMFE- Two Russian members of the International Space Station have begun a seven hour space walk. The space walk is not related to activity over the last week to fix a broken cooling system on the space station.
[US astronauts Mike Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio working in the airlock of the Internation Space Station Thursday. Image courtesy of NASA]
Expedition 38 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency, are installing a pair of cameras and other scientific equipment on the hull of the space station.
The cameras are part of a Canadian commercial endeavor to downlink Earth observation imagery.
The cosmonauts' space walk comes just days after US astronauts fixed a broken cooling system on the exterior of the orbiting laboratory.
Expedition 38 Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio removed faulty ammonia coolant pump in a space walk on December 22nd.
They installed a replacement part on Christmas Eve, in a spacewalk lasting seven and a half hours.