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Aug 16, 2013 11:55 AM by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer

Cosmonauts turn cable guys in spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | 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 and Aleksandr Misurkin 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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