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Astronauts repair torn solar panel in seven hour spacewalk


Astronaut Scott Parazynski pulled the short straw (probably on purpose: you know what these astronaut types are like) and had the task of repairing the ripped solar array on the International Space Station. Mission complete, as Parazynski managed to move the guide wires that caused the damage out of the way and "stitched" together the two and half feet rip, the whole time managing to avoid touching the panels and their 100 volt charge. It's the furthest any astronaut on the ISS had been outside the cabin, and as such it took an hour to get there on a 90 foot robot arm. What would we do without duct tape?

[Via Crave]

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