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Russian Becomes Oldest Spacewalker Ever


Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Aleksandr Misurkin (left) pose with U.S. astronaut Christopher Cassidy for a photograph before taking an exam at the cosmonaut training center in Star City, outside Moscow, in early March.

Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Aleksandr Misurkin (left) pose with U.S. astronaut Christopher Cassidy for a photograph before taking an exam at the cosmonaut training center in Star City, outside Moscow, in early March.

A 59-year-old Russian cosmonaut has become the oldest human to walk in space.

Pavel Vinogradov took part in maintenance work outside the International Space Station on April 19.

Until then, the oldest spacewalker had been retired NASA astronaut Story Musgrave, who was 58 when he helped fix the Hubble Space Telescope in 1993.

The 6 1/2-hour space walk went well outside of one incident when Vinogradov lost his grip on an experimental tray that he was retrieving.

Officials said the lost aluminum panel should not pose a safety hazard to the station, although it will add to the booming population of space junk.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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