Russian spacewalk cut short due to problem with suit

A spacewalk by two Russians on Wednesday came to an abrupt end due to a problem with the battery in cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev’s suit, although at no time was he in danger, the agencies said. American and Russian spacecraft.

“Oleg, you must return to the airlock as soon as possible,” ordered Russian Earth-based mission controllers, more than two hours into its journey outside the International Space Station (ISS).

“Drop everything and come back,” he was told repeatedly, according to a live English translation broadcast by NASA.

The orders came shortly after Artemyev reported abnormal voltage readings for his spacesuit battery.

“Don’t worry, it’s fine. You’re fine,” the controllers said.

“Me? Are you worried? No way,” responded Artemyev, 51, who took over as ISS commander from American astronaut Thomas Marshburn in May.

Artemyev returned to the airlock where he successfully reconnected to ISS main power.

He then waited for the second cosmonaut, Denis Matveyev, to gather all the supplies they had used on their mission, come in and pressurize the airlock.

The spacewalk was declared complete after approximately four hours.

“The situation is under control… The health of the cosmonaut is not in danger,” Roscomos said in a statement afterwards.

“The crew is doing well,” added the Russian space agency, noting that any unfinished work will be completed later.

Before the battery problem, the two cosmonauts installed two cameras outside the ISS.

“The duo were never in danger during operations,” NASA said in a blog post.

Wednesday’s mission was Artemyev’s seventh spacewalk and Matveyev’s third.

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