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NASA: Christmas Eve spacewalk should finish station repair, no conflict with Santa's flight

In this image made from video provided by NASA, astronaut Rick Mastracchio performs a space walk outside the International Space Station on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins ventured out of the station to try to revive a crippled cooling line. (AP Photo/NASA)
December 23, 2013 - 9:07 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The Christmas Eve spacewalk planned by NASA at the International Space Station should finish repair work on a faulty cooling line.

Mission Control said Monday that unless something goes wrong, two astronauts ought to finish installing a new ammonia pump Tuesday, during a second spacewalk. NASA originally thought three spacewalks might be needed.

Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins removed the faulty pump during Saturday's spacewalk. Everything went so well, they jumped ahead.

The next spacewalk should have been Monday, but it was moved a day so Mastracchio could swap suits. He inadvertently hit the water switch in the air lock following Saturday's spacewalk, and engineers suspect water intruded into his suit.

NASA has conducted a Christmas Eve spacewalk only once before.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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