Russian cosmonauts take spacewalk

2013-08-16 22:39
Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano stands on the end of a robotic arm during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. (Nasa, AP)

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano stands on the end of a robotic arm during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. (Nasa, AP)

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Cape Canaveral - Russian cosmonauts are taking a spacewalk to lay cable for a new lab that's due to arrive at the International Space Station in a few months.

Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin floated outside on Friday.

It's one month since their Italian crew mate almost drowned when leaking water flooded his helmet during a spacewalk. Luca Parmitano's spacesuit was provided by Nasa. Friday's spacewalkers are wearing Russian-made suits that differ from the US version.

Nasa is still investigating last month's incident. The problem appears to be in the life-support backpack.

The Russian Space Agency plans to launch a new science lab by year's end. This is the third of six Russian spacewalks planned for this year. The next one is next week.

Read more on:    international space station  |  russia  |  space
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