Russian cosmonaut’s spacewalk cut short due to suit flaw

A Russian cosmonaut had to cut short his spacewalk because of a problem with his spacesuit. After only a few hours of walking, which was initially supposed to last seven hours, the cosmonaut received the order to stop everything and return to the airlock of the International Space Station.

“Oleg, you must return to the airlock as soon as possible,” the Russian mission controllers ordered.

“Let go and go back,” she was told repeatedly, according to a NASA broadcast.

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NASA officials said there were problems with cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev’s battery that powers the spacesuit, which is why he was asked to return to the station and connect it to power from the spacesuit. ‘ISS. Officials say there was no risk to the life of Artemyev, who was repeatedly warned before finally returning.

Artemyev and the other cosmonaut, Denis Matveev, were to install two cameras on the new European robotic arm fixed outside the space station on a part of the ISS under Russian control. Problems with the battery were causing “voltage fluctuations” in Artemyev’s spacesuit, according to a comment on the spacewalk’s live stream.

Matveev then gathered all the instruments and on his return Artemyev pressurized the airlock. The spacewalk only lasted about four hours.

“The situation is under control… The health of the cosmonaut is not in danger. The crew is doing well,” Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement.

(With agency contributions)

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