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metronews.ca WEEKEND, August 23-25, 2013

Space station gets new telescope mount Technical difficulties. Two Russian cosmonauts install a platform for a yet-tobe-launched telescope Cosmonauts participate in a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. courtesy nasa

A pair of spacewalking Russian cosmonauts installed a new telescope mount on the International Space Station on

Thursday, despite a flaw in the device. Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin — making their second spacewalk in under a week — initially gave up trying to plug in the platform for a yet-to-be-launched telescope. But after more than an hour of discussion at Russian Mission Control, the cosmonauts installed it. Yurchikhin and Misurkin re-

ported that the base of the platform appeared to be misaligned because it wasn’t assembled properly on the ground. The problem could prevent the future telescope from pointing in the right direction. But engineers near Moscow determined the misalignment could be overcome at a later date. The swivelling platform will hold an optical telescope that

will be launched in November and installed by spacewalking cosmonauts. The cosmonauts also ran into some difficulty tightening some antenna covers. Because of a flyaway cover earlier this week, the cosmonauts double-checked the remaining shields to make sure they were secure. At least two were loose, one by a lot.

U.S. suspends spacewalks

• All U.S. spacewalks have been suspended while the investigation into last month’s near-drowning continues. An Italian astronaut’s helmet filled with water during a spacewalk on July 16. He barely made it back inside.

the associated press

It’s good to be gay in Nepal A participant poses in a Gay Pride rally in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday. About 1,000 people, including gays, lesbians, transvestites and their supporters held the rally that is now an annual festival for sexual minorities to celebrate and to demand rights for their community. Organizers said the rally was an opportunity for the sexual minorities to come out in the open and also to educate the public. Niranjan Shrestha/the associated press

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