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Spacewalkers Install New Space Station Gear

January 15, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut took a spacewalk to move a construction crane and install a radio antenna on the international space station.

It was the first spacewalk for Carl Walz and Yuri Onufrienko since they moved into the space station last month.

The spacewalkers' main task was to move a Russian-built crane, nearly 50 feet long when fully extended, from its temporary berth on the U.S. side of the orbiting outpost to a permanent location on the Russian side..

Also on the men's agenda: installing the first of four ham radio antennas on the living quarters.

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