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Astronauts fix stuck antenna on spacewalk

发布时间:2019-02-27 03:18:02来源:未知点击:

By New Scientist Space and Reuters A US and a Russian astronaut fixed a problem antenna on a cargo vessel docked at the International Space Station in a six-hour spacewalk on Thursday. US astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria and Russian flight engineer Mikhail Tyurin released the snagged antenna of the Progress cargo ship, ensuring the vessel will be able to undock in April. They completed this and several other tasks in a record fifth and final spacewalk for this station crew (see Astronauts prepare for record-setting spacewalk). “They have fulfilled the entire programme and even more,” said Russian Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin. The station crew also includes US astronaut Sunita Williams. The Progress will take litter away from the station and burn up while re-entering Earth’s atmosphere. Early in the spacewalk, the cooling system of Tyurin’s Russian Orlan spacesuit malfunctioned. When spacewalk coordinators asked him how he was feeling, Tyurin replied, “Like in Houston – quite warm,” referring to Houston, Texas, where US Mission Control is based. He had the same problem with the suit on a spacewalk in November. That time it prevented him and Lopez-Alegria from connecting a transmission cable to a neutron telescope to relay data to Earth – a task which they accomplished on Thursday. The astronauts took photographs of a scientific experiment and some of the hardware on the outside of the station for assessment back on Earth, as well as pictures of each other. “I miss you,” Williams told Tyurin and Lopez-Alegria in Russian from the orbiting laboratory during the walk. “We miss you too,