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Wolf in training in Star City, Russia. If you look towards the bottom right corner of the image, you'll see the neutral bouyancy tank (a really big pool!) Wolf is about to enter!
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Mir Spacewalk
News story originally written on January 15, 1998

Astronaut David Wolf started spacewalk training in 1991. His training paid off yesterday when he and Mir Commander Solovyev completed a four hour EVA outside the Russian space station. The men were suited in Russian space suits, called Orion space suits, which they had trained in for many hours in the neutral bouyancy tank in the Gargarin Cosmonaut Training Center.

The two men used a spectrometer to assess the impact that the space environment has on the outer protective layers of Mir. By the way, this spectrometer is a similar instrument to the one used by the Mars Pathfinder rover to analyze rocks on the Martian surface.

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