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Spacewalk begins space station repairs - The Galveston County Daily News: Space

September 30, 2016

Spacewalk begins space station repairs

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013 12:00 am

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER — NASA astronauts conducted an urgent spacewalk Saturday to begin repairs on a damaged cooling line that has forced the shutdown of noncritical systems on the International Space Station.

Outfitted with improvised snorkels and absorbent pads to protect against potential spacesuit leaks, Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins stowed away the faulty coolant pump to make room for its replacement during the five-and-a-half-hour mission.

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