Russian cosmonauts make risky spacewalk to fix Soyuz

July 11th, 2008 - 8:10 pm ICT by IANS  

RIA Novosti
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.
RIA Novosti

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