Cosmonauts complete risky mission
Mission controllers had assured the men that the spacewalk should not be too dangerous, as the piece is designed to absorb significant force before detonating.
The mission was not without its dangers, however, as the explosive bolt, if mishandled, could have blown off the cosmonauts' hands. Also the crew members used a common knife to cut into the insulation surrounding the bolt and knives are normally shunned by spacewalkers because of the danger of piercing their pressurised spacesuits.
The work was a safety precaution aimed at protecting the spaceship and its passengers during their scheduled re-entry this autumn.