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I point this out because I think we humans take for granted how amazing such things are and how dangerous these activities still can be.
As an example... SOP during and after space walks will now be a close inspection of work gloves...
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Astronauts James Reilly and Danny Olivas were planning to keep their eyes on their gloves Monday during the first spacewalk of Atlantis' visit to the international space station.
A new spacewalking procedure requires astronauts to examine their gloves after every task to make sure there are no cuts in them. NASA put the procedure into place after astronaut Robert Curbeam last December apparently cut an outer layer of his glove during a spacewalk.
Curbeam was never in any danger -- in fact the cut was found during an examination on the ground several months later -- but NASA wants to make sure there is no chance a leak could develop while an astronaut is in space.
"If we do have damage to the glove, it will help us detect where on the vehicle we have a sharp edge,"
Oh... and they are adding a new spar to the station that only weighs 35,000-pounds.
Amazing... bloody amazing.