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"Leave everything and go back to the station" .. a strict order that saves the life of a Russian cosmonaut

“Leave everything and go back to the station” .. a strict order that saves the life of a Russian cosmonaut

Oleg Artemyev spent about two hours on a walking mission outer space It was due to run for six hours, when voltage levels on his suit’s battery began to drop unexpectedly, prompting flight controllers in Moscow to repeatedly order him to immediately return to the station’s airlock.

In a live audio broadcast, the flight controller told Artemyev from the Mission Control Center in Moscow: “Oleg. Leave everything and come back. Leave everything and start coming back immediately. Go back and connect (suit to) power to the station.”

Artemyev returned to the airlock and connected his suit to a power source.

The observer warned Artemyev that he would risk cutting off power to the oxygen pump in his suit, as well as calling the control center, if he did not immediately return to the airlock for power.

But a spokesman for the US Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Rob Navias, said that Artemyev “wasn’t in any danger at all”.

The Russian control team chose to end the mission after the other cosmonaut Denis Matveev collected his tools and returned the robotic arm they were about to upgrade to normal.

With Matveev’s return, the spacewalk will have taken 4 hours.

and mission space walkThe station, Wednesday, bears the number 252 in the history of the station, and was intended to install cameras and make modifications to the arm of a European robot installed on the Russian “Noka” research unit, which will be used to transport equipment remotely outside the station.