New camera at ISS working well - Nasa

2017-10-14 15:42
(Nasa via AP)

(Nasa via AP)

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Miami - Nasa has announced that the high-definition video camera that two US astronauts installed at the International Space Station on Tuesday is working without a hitch.

Nasa spokesperson Rob Navias described the camera equipment as offering "new eyes" to the orbiting outpost, as live video showed astronaut Randy Bresnik in sharp detail, floating in his white spacesuit.

The previous camera had aged and was tinting images pink. Another camera outside the ISS, nicknamed "Old Yeller" because of its yellow hues, is set to be replaced on the next spacewalk on October 18.

The spacewalk was the second in five days for Bresnik and his Nasa colleague Mark Vande Hei.

Cargo ships

The spacewalk formally began when the duo switched their spacesuits to battery power, then floated out into the vacuum of space, Nasa said. It ended six hours and 26 minutes later.

On another spacewalk, the pair replaced the latching end of the 17m Canadian made arm, called Canadarm2 and they also lubricated some other parts of the arm.

The robotic arm was installed at the orbiting outpost 16 years ago and recently stopped gripping effectively.

Astronauts need it in working order so it can capture incoming cargo ships that ferry supplies to the crew living in orbit. The next US shipment arrives in November.

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