23 August 2013
Cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin completed a five-hour 58-minute spacewalk Thursday, successfully installing an optical telescope mount despite a misalignment that could potentially affect future observations. Officials decided the cosmonauts should install the device because the camera platform would only be out of alignment in the yaw axis, not in the roll or pitch axes. They determined it would be possible to correct for that misalignment by using the pointing platform. Meanwhile, NASA spacewalks are still suspended pending the completion of an investigation into why astronaut Luca Parmitano’s spacesuit sprung a leak during an earlier spacewalk. Part or all of the outfit will be brought back to Earth via a SpaceX spacecraft early next year. (Image Credit: NASA)
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