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Spacewalkers float out to lubricate robotic arm

Spacewalkers float out to lubricate robotic arm”

The astronauts will lubricate components of a new hand they installed on the space station's Canadian-built robotic arm during an October 5 spacewalk. After 6 hours 36 minutes they returned with all objectives completed and finished 204th space walk focused on servicing and maintenance of the International Space Station. Joining him, will be Flight Engineer Joe Acaba, during which the astronauts will continue the lubrication of the new end effector and replace another camera system on the Destiny Lab. During next spacewalk on October 18, astronauts will replace another old camera nicknamed "Old Yeller" that is tinting images yellow. This was the second spacewalk, out of the scheduled three, in just five days by the NASA astronauts.

According to NASA, the spacewalk on Tuesday went off smoothly. The spacewalk formally began when the duo switched their spacesuits to battery power at 7:56 am (1156 GMT), then floated out into the vacuum of space, Nasa said.

The robotic arm was installed at the orbiting outpost 16 years ago, and recently stopped gripping effectively. During the spacewalk, astronaut pair also carried out some other tasks, including removal of handrails from the outside of Tranquility module.



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