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Russian astronauts out for a long walk

Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin, who are cosmonauts — or what they call astronauts in Russia — work outside the international space station for a new lab. (NASA/Reuters)

In a record-long spacewalk, Russian astronauts rigged cable outside the international space station Friday for a new lab that’s due to arrive in a few months.

Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin spent almost the entire spacewalk routing 120 feet of power and Ethernet cable. The cable is for a new science lab the Russian Space Agency plans to launch by the year’s end.

“Today we are the cable people,” one of the spacewalkers commented in Russian as he worked.

The spacewalk lasted seven hours and 29 minutes. It was the longest spacewalk ever by a pair of Russians. Americans hold the overall record: a nearly nine-hour spacewalk in 2001.

Friday’s spacewalk occurred one month after Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano almost drowned when leaking water flooded his helmet during a spacewalk. Parmitano’s spacesuit was provided by NASA. Friday’s spacewalkers wore Russian-made suits. NASA is still investigating last month’s close call.

Associated Press

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