First spacewalk – RIA Novosti

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Shuttle Discovery crew completes first spacewalk
02/09/2009

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WASHINGTON, September 2 (RIA Novosti) – Two U.S. astronauts from the current STS-128 space mission to the International Space Station (ISS) have successfully completed their first spacewalk removing a heavy ammonia tank from the cooling system.
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The Discovery space shuttle docked with the International Space Station late on Sunday, delivering more than seven tons of cargo, including the Leonardo supply module, and a new crew member.
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“Mission Specialist Danny Olivas and Expedition 20 Flight Engineer Nicole Stott completed the first spacewalk of the STS-128 mission at 12:24 a.m. EDT [04:24 GMT] Wednesday. The astronauts began the spacewalk at 5:49 p.m. [21:49 GMT] Tuesday,” NASA said in a statement.
During the spacewalk, Pilot Kevin Ford and Flight Engineer Bob Thirsk operated the station’s robotic arm.
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A total of three spacewalks are scheduled for the current mission. During the second outing on Thursday night, the U.S. astronauts will install a new ammonia tank.
The space shuttle is due back to Earth on September 10.

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© RIA Novosti, 2008

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