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Space station mission controllers have called off a spacewalk for the crew of Expedition 9 aboard the International Space Station (ISS) due to space suit problems.
Just minutes after Expedition 9 crewmembers Michael Fincke and Gennady Padalka left the International Space Station bound for a six-hour spacewalk, Russian mission controllers in Moscow ordered the astronauts to return to the ISS.
Fincke's primary oxygen bottle, not his space suit, appeared to lose pressure faster than anticipated, prompting Russian flight controllers to recall the two astronauts back inside the space station's Pirs docking compartment and close the outer hatch. While inside the Pirs compartment, the astronauts searched for a potential leak in Fincke's suit and oxygen supply, then reopened the inner hatch to the Russian Zvezda service module. They are now powering up the ISS to normal working operations.