Russian Cosmonauts Prep International Space Station for New Lab

Flight engineers help maintain, install equipment for new optical telescope.
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This is a special report from ABC news. I'm Dan that's a new -- this ABC news digital special report to Russian cosmonauts are about to take a walk 230 miles above earth. They're making a spacewalk outside the International Space Station getting ready for a delivery. It is the 172. Spacewalk to help build. Maintaining that -- that is. Run internationally. ABC's that -- live in Washington DC with more on what's happening right now DeVon what is cosmonauts working today. -- and a treacherous section the sixth spacewalk this year from the International Space Station these guys are just heading out now. On what could be about a six and a half hour walk in space they're basically laying the ground work -- new. Russian module that's going to be added onto the station later this year will launch in December we believe so there. Basically laying cable there ethernet cable and power to see there we go they've got the same kind of problem we have whenever our regular Internet goes up and head of the -- They have got -- -- a little maintenance themselves exactly so what is what's the new module what would do once it does arrive. What is it this is what the Russians are calling a multi purpose laboratories and we understand that there. Going to be various scientific experiments and there you have the station is pretty much completed spend. Occupied since 2000 and and this is kind of one of the final components just to be put on there so now we also understand today they're gonna -- a new panel of experiments on the outside the station one that is going to measure the effects of micro gravity conditions are very sample sales. They're doing a little science projects in. Now one of the reasons why this obviously has heightened -- the fact that last month there was a spacewalk made by an Italian after non accrual nearly drowned well up there there was a leak inside of his helmet right to this. That's right -- Parma tunnel the only European astronaut. On the station went out last month. For a walk and all of a sudden some water started leaking into his helmet now these suits very expensive. Hi tech -- use water to keep that astronauts cool when they're out there. And this case some bubbles of water started to leak into his helmet he was unable to talk unable to hear. Some experts said that in in effect the feeling was something -- drowned in. It in space with the with this water so very scary seeing and we're hearing from NASA that they have not yet pinpointed. Exactly why that water was coming out though they do you know where it's coming from so something they're going to be looking at today these are not the same space suits but they're very similar so they're watching them. Right now is that while this is a live feed from 200 almost 300 feet above earth there as he's -- searches out into the mainstream cable essentially for the International Space Station -- It's -- definitely. What about what Tom is what Americans -- -- this obviously since the and shuttle program had ended howls are essentially our American astronauts getting back. That's right there are two Americans on the space station right now there not doing the walk today there is different parts of this the station one is actually being sequestered kind of has an extra set of eyes and ears and others. Is able to continue doing some experiments today but there are two on board and since the end of the shuttle program in 2011. Americans have had this sort of hitch a ride with the Russians to get out there to the space station and we understand this year that price tag on that ticket -- some seventy million dollars. And basically NASA right now is is waiting for private companies to develop some new technologies for our astronauts -- Travel back to the station which is you know going to be in place there until about 22 point -- beyond so. For now we're getting a ride with the Russians -- not out there walking today but we will be there for many years is. It is interesting obviously you can't ignore the -- that's been going on back and forth to the United States and Russia and really Russia a -- -- right with the rest of the world that's been going on. Com. But obviously when you're in space cooperation is vital when you're carrying out these kinds of experience. -- -- as far as operating the International Space Station. How many countries are involved because I know it's obviously more than just from Russian and Italian astronauts that are out there. That's right this issue has you know -- an English is a pretty neat. Display of international cooperation. That we don't see very often fifteen countries run the station. And in addition to Russia and the United States there -- the European Union participates in this fight also have candidate in Japan or the other big players here. And you know for all these countries they help foot the bill and this is a hundred billion dollar project. Since it was started back in 2000 a little before and so you need. Everybody all the major western countries and and and then of course Russia and others to help -- being here to foot the bill and then they get to right -- to. And in LA as we've been talking a little bit earlier about when there was that problem last month that Italian astronaut having him essentially some water and inside his spacesuit. Com and you put an unsightly they used differences various teams huge -- -- for going out and conducting these kinds of experiments and maintenance outside and stationed there. But I'm I'm curious -- Has Russia had any kind of response to that they said that there -- taking their -- anymore diligently because of what happened last month. But think what we heard from NASA is all teams at him more involved with -- -- with the space station we're taking a close look at this -- Russian sees it type mystery series called the shorelines -- you -- get a different model. -- and what the Europeans and the Americans are using the same setup for example the -- use of water to cool the suits. Same thing here so they're wondering again how that water was -- -- leak out of one of those -- and get into the helmet. They haven't been able to pinpoint -- -- they haven't been able to say go to the Russian suits and take a look for the same. Designed far whatever may be. But certainly something that Washington a six and a half hours is a long time to be out there these are the we forget about -- -- -- -- so often and as you mentioned earlier we see them televised -- we forget how dangerous this is your mrs. This is very dangerous stuff to be out there walking around. And again today this -- started just in just about 10:39 eastern time six and a half hours -- hatch. These guys who retired -- the get back inside. I didn't pass that was the last thing I want to bring up the audio from a slightly because it is very -- to -- and increasing control talking to the astronauts that are outside that -- -- again. -- -- Look. Our ready and all -- carrier. -- -- -- -- -- Let me actually -- fascists Hannity. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- favorable. Or negative total total. Considered normal course -- position. Many actually. Across the street though that. They can clear out heavier weight faster. Okay. -- Until. Well groomed men. 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This is mission control Houston just twenty minutes into today's spacewalk by if you -- your chicken and -- -- the circuit and this view from the -- and helmet camera has -- he begins to set -- The bundle of equipment. On a universal cable carrier that. Basically is a a series of reels housing to power cables -- ethernet cable. The will be strong between the Zaria module and the poised module. During the course of today's spacewalk for the future arrival of the multi purpose laboratory module that the Russians will launch on a proton rocket. They are us securing of these -- bundles of equipment. Along with -- connector patch panels and -- banners. To the end of sector of the -- 46 foot long telescoping industrial boom. That -- fielder your cheek and will mountain ride go all the way out to to the forward end of the Russian segment. Of the International Space Station a short time from now along with all of that equipment to begin setting it up for the rigging of those cables. -- -- -- -- -- -- And international than watching two Russian cosmonauts outside of the interactive space station making a spacewalk today getting ready. For the delivery of equipment that's. And essentially. Or Langston Cabell outside of the space station want to bring in ABC's Devin liars and Washington DC watching all of this. DeVon it's so cool on the because. It just looks like such a delicate dance it's so graceful and you can hear all of the voices from -- various control centers that are guiding those cosmonauts as they're on making their mission. -- and I'm struck by how much of a team effort this is here -- mean you've got mission control in Houston you've got. Moscow's control center in a suburb just out of the city there everyone's eyes and -- they've got the other astronauts and cosmonauts inside the station watching -- they've got cameras and so many different angles. And what a team effort it is going to just lean a little bit of cable for this into a multi purpose laboratory it's gonna come. Into the station in December as we've been talking about. And in quite a lot of international cooperation we touched on an earlier but again Monday despite all the tension between the United States or Russia right now over so many issues. -- canceled summit coming up. Next month in Saint Petersburg President Obama was supposed to be their course -- heading G-20. In Saint Petersburg rather. And here your senior scene that international cooperation in the US and Russia working together to assemble this hundred billion dollar project that's been. I sign a rare sign of corporation. Do you you have to wonder if it's obviously they are very aware what's happening here on earth did you have to wonder if that -- discussed up there on the International Space Station imagine -- -- -- -- tight quarters. We don't want to know exactly spark any kind of conflicts. Among here. Among you have inmates yes. But yeah you're right yeah it really is that's inconsistent a look at the type of equipment in the way that they have to move and maneuver about obviously being weightless up there and everything has to -- Clamp down -- strapped down in some way. He tools from from floating off good and and you can hear is -- the mission control in some of the directions that -- update your back and forth. He'll mission control is obviously seen this from a different vantage point what the astronauts -- when you have those helmets on and in your -- restricting your peripheral vision obviously is not as good as what it might be without having a transition -- indict themselves. The have to rely so heavily on what mission control sees hundreds of miles away coming from these types of -- That's right you even see on the arms of their -- they're right here on the screen IDC that -- that this cosmonaut has in his hand. To help him -- in tight spaces and you know what are you may not be able to see these are very kind of clumsy suits. I believe they don't maneuver and imagine being there at -- moving at the speed they're moving in. Floating upside down turning every which way can't imagine what it takes the -- stamina for that long TV. Just gyrating and and so many different positions -- again trying to leave this cable and preparation for the module. Right -- -- a lot of the training that these astronauts and cosmonauts go through obviously is in a -- or some kind of high. You know water environment where they can write a closely -- that kind of snow weightlessness. -- You know I've heard a couple interviews before was not present -- yeah it comes really close but there's still nothing quite like him. When you get out there are still being in the pool you know that you are in the water and that essentially -- Got an escape. But when you're in space. We really is no placing. No that's right at it you know what are the other and -- kind of science stories about this particular spacewalk there's an easier to -- -- Russian cosmonauts today performing this why. One of them it's only his second time and on a lot outside the space station -- relative newbie. But working alongside with the Russian national media calls in the veteran space walks -- air space program Theodore. -- -- -- he's done a 37 hours spacewalking -- his seventh spacewalk. So somebody who knows what it's like to be out there for an extended period of time and and to work with these tools etc. so you've got a relative -- working alongside veterans -- world were watching that play out today to. Variety and and there's a shot mission control. I'm guessing that might be NASA -- based on what I -- -- logo on the wall there. And this obviously one of the charts that NASA's study as far as orbits. That they're going to be monitoring mission control Houston helping those hand cosmonauts that are working outside on this sixth spacewalk of them here. Should be -- -- doing -- maintenance -- -- parents -- delivery of shortly entitlement coming up a little bit later on ABC's Devin Dwyer in Washington DC watching this safely on the ground here quotas journey through genius. Are there hundreds of miles in -- seven thank you for your time your insight this morning appreciated back. Think what's have a complete report on abcnews.com. As that spacewalk will continue on throughout the day for now I'm Dan -- in New York witness ABC news digital special report. This has been a special report from the.

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