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Watch Russian cosmonauts spacewalk to check out hole in Soyuz capsule

Image of the repair work – via NASA Image of the repair work – via NASA
Sandra Phillips | 14 December, 2018, 00:03

The spacewalk itself, I would say, was unprecedented in terms of complexity and risks.

He cut to the outer shell of the Soyuz an insulation case and a protection shield to the small hole from the outside.

The pair will take samples of any residue found on the hull of the capsule - which is used to transport astronauts and cosmonauts to and from the ISS - and take photos of the area for further investigation before placing a thermal blanket over it.

What makes it especially hard is that the Soyuz spacecraft, unlike the ISS, was not created to be repaired in spacewalks and has no outside railings for astronauts to hold onto.

Back in August there was a drop in air pressure on the ISS and a 2-millimetre hole was found on a docked Russian Soyuz capsule.

The crew aboard the space station has, since the leak was discovered and repaired, conducted frequent leak detection work and pressure measurements to make sure that the leak stayed sealed and the pressure on the space station remained normal.

Samples taken by the two cosmonauts will eventually be returned to Earth for investigations to be completed to find the possible cause of the hole.

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Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko (in the spacesuit with red stripes) and Sergey Prokopyev (with blue stripes), both Expedition 57 flight engineers, cut into the exterior insulation of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft during a December 11. Bits of insulation floated harmlessly into space as the cosmonauts carved away.

Until Tuesday, astronauts had only been able to examine the hole from inside the spacecraft. The leak is in a hard to reach place of the so-called orbital module of the Soyuz.

"That is exactly the hole we've been looking for", reported Kononenko after peeling back more of the foil insulation and metal layers that were hiding it.

It was all part of an attempt Tuesday to solve the mystery of the leaking International Space Station.

This was Kononenko's fourth EVA and Prokopyev's second. Prokopyev now has spent 15 hours and 31 minutes on EVA.

And because this particular module of the capsule will split off and burn up on re-entry back to Earth, they wanted to analyse their fix job from the outside and scrape off some samples of the epoxy to return to Earth and study.

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