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US astronauts make spacewalk to perform ISS repairs

WASHINGTON: Two American astronauts on Thursday completed a lengthy spacewalk to replace old hoses on the the International Space Station's cooling system and make other equipment upgrades, footage from the US space agency NASA showed. The walk -- which lasted six hours and 10 minutes -- by flight engineers Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold got off to a delayed start at 1333 GMT because leak checks for one of the astronaut's space suits took longer than expected, a NASA TV commentator said. But once outside of the space…

Russia to start offering spacewalks for tourists

MOSCOW: Russia is planning to send paying tourists on the International Space Station out on spacewalks for the first time, an official from the country's space industry said Thursday. "We are discussing the possibility of sending tourists on spacewalks," Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russian space company Energia, told Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda. "Market analysts have confirmed this: wealthy people are ready to pay money for this," Solntsev told the paper. He said the cost of such a trip could be around $100…

Water leak delays historic 200th spacewalk

MIAMI: NASA discovered a water leak Friday at the International Space Station, delaying the start of the milestone 200th spacewalk at the global space lab. The glitch affected equipment known as the servicing and cooling umbilical (SCU), which supplies power and oxygen to the spacesuits worn by veteran US astronaut Peggy Whitson and her rookie counterpart, Jack Fischer. The problem involved "a small leak of water at the connection point of the service and cooling umbilical (SCU) as it was hooked up to Jack Fischer's…

Space station debris shield floats away during spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL: A five-foot (1.5-meter) debris shield being installed on the International Space Station floated away on Thursday during a spacewalk by two veteran US astronauts, a NASA TV broadcast showed. Peggy Whitson, who became the world's most experienced female spacewalker during the outing, told ground control teams that a bag containing the debris shield floated away at about 10 a.m. EDT/1400 GMT. At the time, Whitson, 57, and station commander Shane Kimbrough, 49, were about midway through a planned 6.5-hour…

US astronaut breaks record for most spacewalks by a woman

MIAMI: American astronaut Peggy Whitson made history when she floated outside the International Space Station on Thursday, breaking the record for the most spacewalks by a woman. Whitson, 57, is making her eighth career spacewalk, surpassing the record of seven previously held by American Suni Williams. The spacewalk formally began at 7:29 am (1129 GMT) when Whitson and Shane Kimbrough switched their spacesuits to battery power before venturing outside the airlock and into the vacuum of space. "Be safe and enjoy…