Russian cosmonauts make risky spacewalk to fix SoyuzJuly 11th, 2008 - 8:10 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, July 11 (RIA Novosti) Two Russian astronauts aboard the International Space Station have made a daring spacewalk to repair their Soyuz descent capsule, Russian mission control here said Friday. Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko managed to remove an explosive bolt from the capsule, one of 10 used to separate two parts of the module during re-entry, fixing a problem that had led to rough landings for two previous teams of crew.
Russian engineers believed that the bolt had failed to fire during previous descents.
Volkov and Kononenko put the bolt, which could have blown their hands off, into an onboard blast-proof container. “It is in!” one of the Russians called out.
The astronauts’ landing scheduled for this October should now go smoothly.
- New space station crew in orbit - May 15, 2012
- Space station crew lands in Kazakhstan - Apr 27, 2012
- Russian spacecraft undocks from ISS - Nov 22, 2011
- Russian cosmonauts take a six-hour spacewalk - Feb 17, 2012
- Space station crew land safely in Kazakhstan (Lead) - Nov 22, 2011
- Russia's manned spacecraft docks with ISS - Dec 24, 2011
- Russian space mission returns to earth - Mar 16, 2011
- Russia launches space freighter - Oct 31, 2011
- Three ISS crew members to return Friday - Sep 13, 2011
- International space station expedition 24 crew lands safely - Sep 25, 2010
- Russian spacecraft returns to earth - Jul 02, 2012
- Three ISS crew to return to earth - Mar 29, 2012
- Russian cosmonauts go on spacewalk - Aug 21, 2012
- ISS crew to launch mini-satellite Aug 3 - Jul 22, 2011
- Russia's Soyuz spacecraft docks with ISS - Oct 10, 2010
Tags: astronauts, bolt, descent capsule, descents, international space station, moscow, oleg, proof, ria novosti, risky spacewalk, rough landings, russian engineers, russian mission control, russians, soyuz, volkov