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Russia cancels spacewalk after Soyuz leak

NASA says Russia has cancelled a scheduled spacewalk after an unexplained leak from its Soyuz spacecraft, which is docked at the International Space Station.

December 15, 2022
By Steve Gorman
15 December 2022

A planned routine spacewalk by two Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station has been called off after flight controllers noticed a stream of particles spewing from a docked Soyuz spacecraft.

A NASA commentator said the torrent of particles, which appeared to come from the rear section of the Soyuz MS-22 capsule, seemed to be liquid from the spacecraft, possibly coolant.

NASA said none of the International Space Station (ISS) crew was thought to be in any danger.

An official for Russia’s mission control operations near Moscow was heard telling the two cosmonauts in a radio transmission that their spacewalk was cancelled while engineers worked to determine the nature and origin of the leak.

The NASA commentator on the live stream, Rob Navias, broadcasting from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, also said the spacewalk was called off because of the leak, which began on Thursday.

He said the Soyuz craft arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) in September, bringing the two cosmonauts who were suited up for a spacewalk as well as a NASA astronaut.

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