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A Russian astronaut had to quickly reach the International Space Station after a battery problem with his suit.

The warning was given to Oleg Artemiev two hours after he entered space.

AFP

A Russian spacewalk ended prematurely on Wednesday due to a battery problem in the suit of one of the two astronauts taking part, the US and Russian space agencies sought reassurance by saying he was at no time in danger.

“Let go and start going back inside” [de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS)], was ordered to cosmonaut Oleg Artemiev, more than two hours after the start of the spacewalk. He just reported irregularities in the data indicating the voltage of his space suit.

“Me? Worried? Not at all”

“Oleg, you must return to the airlock as soon as possible”, he was repeatedly asked, according to the words of the Russian employees in direct contact with the cosmonauts, translated into English on the video broadcast of the exit by NASA. “Please don’t worry, it’s fine,” he also said though. “Me? Worried? Never in my life,” Oleg Artemiev replied, still according to the NASA translator.

The astronaut joined the airlock, where he connected directly to the current of the ISS. He then waited for the second cosmonaut, Denis Matveev, to retrieve the equipment used during the exit and also enter the airlock, which was then closed to be repressurized.

“The situation is under control”

The spacewalk was declared complete after four hours. “The situation is under control […] The astronaut’s health is not threatened, the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, said in a statement. The crew is doing well.” “The duo was not in danger at any time during the operations,” NASA also said in a blog post.

It was the seventh spacewalk for Oleg Artemiev and the third for Denis Matveev. Before the incident, they were able to install two cameras outside the station. “The work that has not been completed will be carried out in the next trips,” said Roscosmos.

(AFP)

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