CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Astronauts are spacewalking outside the International Space Station for the first time in half a year.
Monday's spacewalk got started late because of a leaky valve on the Russian side of the orbiting outpost. The crew had to reopen the air lock and check the seals to ensure a tight fit, before Russians Gennady Padalka and Yuri Malenchenko could go out. Padalka assured Moscow flight controllers they were in no rush. But he admitted it was boring to wait an extra hour.
The two spacewalking pros will attach shields to protect against space junk. The panels were supposed to go up during a spacewalk in February, but got put on hold. The men also will move a crane and release a small satellite, all Russian-based work.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus