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Second spacewalk planned to install UrtheCast cameras

16 January 2014

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Russian cosmonauts will step outside the International Space Station later this month for a second try to set up a pair of Earth observation cameras after a cabling issue inside the complex cut short a spacewalk in December.

Russian managers have scheduled the spacewalk for 27 January a month after cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy had to call off the setup of two commercial high-definition video cameras outside the space station's Zvezda service module.

Attired in Orlan spacesuits, the cosmonauts bolted the cameras to their mounting points and plugged them in to the space station's power and communications systems, but ground controllers never received data. After initial troubleshooting, engineers in Moscow ordered the crew to unhook the cameras and bring them back inside the complex.

The 27 December spacewalk lasted more than eight hours, the longest excursion by Russian cosmonauts in history, as Kotov and Ryazanskiy undid their earlier work to connect the cameras.

Source: Spaceflight Now