Astronauts tackling antenna work in 1st spacewalk

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

May 17, 2010

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Two astronauts are out spacewalking at the International Space Station.

Garrett Reisman and Stephen Bowen ventured outside Monday morning to install a spare antenna on the space station. The visiting Atlantis crewmen also will hook up a storage platform and loosen the bolts on batteries that will be replaced on the following two spacewalks.

NASA may add an extra chore to the second or third spacewalk. A cable is snagged at the end of the shuttle's inspection boom. Managers say it should be a quick and easy job to free it. The problem prevented a proper inspection of Atlantis over the weekend.

Atlantis arrived at the space station Sunday. It's the last flight of Atlantis as the shuttle program winds down.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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