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Russian cosmonauts take 6-hours spacewalk to probe mystery hole in ISS


Moscow, Dec 13: Two Russian cosmonauts took a 6 hours spacewalk on Tuesday seeking to resolve the mystery of a small hole found in the side of a craft docked at the International Space Station.

Two Russian cosmonauts -- Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev's six-hour-long spacewalk began at 1600 GMT, a live broadcast by Roscosmos showed.

Russian cosmonauts take 6-hours spacewalk to probe mystery hole in ISS

The two Russians spent about six hours moving across the station, setting up a workstation from which they could stabilize themselves and cut into a Soyuz spacecraft attached to the station.

Using a small pair of scissors-an extremely delicate process with the clumsy gloves of his spacesuit-Kononenko sought to sample the exterior of the leak site that was clearly visible in live, televised video.

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After 6th hour of spacewalk, the duo took samples to solve the mystery of a hole in their capsule docked at International Space Station (ISS).

"It is time to go home," a voice from the control centre said shortly before the cosmonauts started moving back toward the space station.

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