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By Marcia Dunn Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In a daring spacewalk, two space station astronauts cut into the insulation of their descent capsule Thursday and removed an explosive bolt that could have blown off their hands with firecracker force.
International Space Station Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko wrapped up a 6-hour, 18-minute spacewalk at 9:06 p.m. EDT Thursday. They inspected their Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft and retrieved a pyro bolt from it.
Russian astronauts Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko faced an unprecedented mission on Thursday: cutting into the insulation of their descent capsule to remove a bolt that contained the same amount of force as a large M-80 firecracker.
The Expedition 17 crew kicked off a busy week aboard the International Space Station with more spacewalk preparations.
A Soyuz capsule carrying South Korea's first astronaut landed in northern Kazakhstan today, 260 miles off its mark, Russian space officials said.
A Russian Soyuz capsule successfully docked with the international space station early today, delivering a replacement crew of two cosmonauts and the first South Korean space traveler.
At 5:16 pm (11:16 am GMT) on Tuesday, the first Korean was launched into space on a Russian Soyuz TMA-12 spaceship. The launch took place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the worldâ€™s oldest space launch pad.
Commander Sergei Alexandrovich Volkov and cosmonaut Oleg Dmitrievich Kononenko of the 17th International Space Station crew launched in their Soyuz TMA-12 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:16 a.m. EDT Tuesday to begin a six-month stay in space.
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