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Space Walk!!!

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It’s been decades since Alexei Leonov became the first person to walk in space (on March 18, 1965), but somehow the thrill of seeing someone floating (or working) in space has never vanished. The gentleman in this picture is commander Sergey Alexandrovich Volkov (photographed by Flight Engineer Dmitriyevich Oleg Kononenko) during expedition 17 to the ISS. Kononenko is at the end of the manual Strela crane operated by the commander; the crane has a mass of around 45kg. An orange safety lifeline along the boom fastens the men to the Space Station.

It’s remarkable what we can accomplish when we set our minds to it.   RT

(And, for the record, the first woman to walk in space was Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya–on July 17, 1984.)

Photograph: WikiCmns, NASA, Public Domain.

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