Watch the Last Spacewalk of 2013 Right Now

Join a pair of Russian cosmonauts on a trip in outer space, the third of its kind this week.

NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, Expedition 38 Flight Engineer, participates in a spacewalk Tuesday to change out a degraded pump module on the exterior of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station. He was joined by NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, whose image shows up in Hopkins' helmet visor.
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Marina Koren
Dec. 27, 2013, 7:26 a.m.

At the time of this writ­ing, two Rus­si­an cos­mo­nauts are float­ing in out­er space, in­stalling two cam­er­as and sci­entif­ic equip­ment out­side the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion, which circles Earth every 90 minutes.

Ex­ped­i­tion 38 com­mand­er Oleg Kotov and flight en­gin­eer Sergey Ryazanskiy began the sev­en-hour space­walk at their coun­try’s part of the space sta­tion, the Zvezda com­mand mod­ule, at 8 a.m. Fri­day. Watch them work in real time on NASA’s web­site here, thanks to a live stream from Kotov’s space hel­met, com­plete with views of tool­boxes drift­ing in zero grav­ity.

Live stream­ing video by Ustream

A trans­lat­or re­lays the cos­mo­nauts’ con­ver­sa­tions in Eng­lish. “Well, I can use my teeth maybe,” joked one cos­mo­naut dur­ing the in­stall­a­tion.

The space­walk will be the last one this year for the sta­tion’s six-man crew, ac­cord­ing to NASA. 

This hol­i­day sea­son has been a busy one for the as­tro­nauts aboard the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion. NASA as­tro­nauts Mike Hop­kins and Rick Mas­trac­chio con­duc­ted space­walks Sat­urday and Tues­day to re­pair a de­graded am­mo­nia pump mod­ule, which was shut down a few weeks ago. The mod­ule is part of an am­mo­nia cool­ing sys­tem, which re­moves ex­cess heat from in­side the sta­tion.


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