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National Briefing / Florida

Astronauts install new coolant tank

September 04, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Two spacewalking astronauts installed a new, fully loaded tank of space station coolant as a large piece of orbiting junk headed their way, just far enough away to pose no concern.

The old rocket part was expected to pass within two miles of the shuttle-station complex late this morning, considered a safe distance by NASA.

Danny Olivas and Christer Fuglesang quickly accomplished their main objective. They collected the new ammonia tank from Discovery, bolted it onto the space station, then hooked up all the electrical and fluid lines.

It was the second spacewalk in three days for the Discovery and space station crews. A third and final spacewalk is scheduled for Saturday.

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