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Astronauts has fixed the leak in the spacesuit. / March 3, 2011 /

The leak has find out in the spacesuit of one of the astronauts who prepared for the spacewalk.

After the first reports of a leak was issued a new press release of the American space agency soon, which indicated that the astronauts discovered the damage and eliminate it. Defect was in the O-ring in the canister with lithium hydroxide — it needs to be removed from the suit of carbon dioxide, which exhales an astronaut. Currently, the suit is sealed.

Two checks showed that space Clothing American Stephen Bowen is not sealed. Bowen is preparing to work for the ISS, together with his partner, Alvin Drew. For the crew of shuttle Discovery, docked to the station on 26 February, it will be a second exit. The first space walk, they made the first of March.

During the first spacewalk Drew Bowen and docked to the ISS cargo module «Leonardo» — now it will be used as an additional bay station. In addition, they strengthened the power cable and move a broken pump in the summer cooling system from his place of temporary attachment to the cargo platform.

During the second space walk, astronauts have to remove the pump from the remainder of the ammonia in it — his weight is around 4.5 kilograms. It is also planned that Bowen and Drew will install and new components for the camera robotic manipulator Dextre and the spotlight. Another problem is out — setting a protective cover on the second arm Canadarm2.

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