Headline: Cosmonauts Investigate and Isolate Leaky Radiator in Spacewalk on International Space Station
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[Insert Location] – In a recent spacewalk on the International Space Station (ISS), two cosmonauts successfully inspected and isolated a coolant leak on the Nauka module’s radiator. The cosmonauts, Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub, carried out a series of tasks to ensure the leak was contained and the crew’s safety was maintained.
Initially, no signs of the leak were found on the connecting line, but traces were later discovered on the radiator panels. Utilizing towels to clean up the leaked coolant, the cosmonauts encountered a setback when they ran out of towels and one end of a tether became soaked. Concerns arose that the tether may have touched a cosmonaut’s visor, prompting them to leave the area temporarily and continue with other spacewalk duties.
During the spacewalk, an attempt was made to release a nanosatellite to test solar sail technology. Unfortunately, the sail failed to deploy as planned. Additionally, a synthetic radar communications system was installed but could not fully deploy due to an issue with one panel. As a result, the task was postponed to a later date.
Upon completing their spacewalk, the cosmonauts diligently checked their spacesuits for contamination and wiped down all surfaces. The leak was initially detected by cameras mounted on the space station, and the crew members confirmed the issue by looking out of the windows. It is believed that the backup radiator, which was delivered and installed this year, has sprung the leak. However, the primary coolant loop remains unaffected, ensuring the safety of the crew.
Managers and space agency officials are currently deliberating on the next steps to address the leak and prevent further complications. Rest assured, the crew’s safety is not compromised, and their stay on the ISS continues as planned. Updates will be provided as necessary to keep everyone informed of the situation.
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