2 Russian cosmonauts turn cable guys in spacewalk

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By MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Russian cosmonauts are taking a spacewalk to lay cable for a new lab that's due to arrive at the International Space Station in a few months.

Fyodor Yurchikhin (fee-YOH'-dur yur-CHEE'-kihn) and Aleksandr Misurkin (miz-UR'-kin) floated outside Friday. It's one month since their Italian crewmate almost drowned when leaking water flooded his helmet during a spacewalk. Luca Parmitano's spacesuit was provided by NASA. Friday's spacewalkers are wearing Russian-made suits that differ from the U.S. version.

NASA is still investigating last month's close call. The problem appears to be in the life-support backpack.

The Russian Space Agency plans to launch a new science lab by year's end. This is the third of six Russian spacewalks planned for this year. The next one is next week.

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