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Cosmonauts complete ISS spacewalk
Posted: Mon, Aug 26, 2002, 2:11 PM ET (1811 GMT)
ISS illustration (NASA) Two Russian cosmonauts successfully completed a spacewalk outside the International Space Station early Monday. Valery Korzun and Sergei Treschev spent five hours and 21 minutes outside the station, completing all their assigned tasks ahead of schedule. The EVA started late because of a leak between the Pirs airlock module and the Zvezda service module, but the crew was able to fix the problem and make up for lost time. During the spacewalk the cosmonauts replaced panels of a Japanese experiment designed to study the effects of space exposure to materials, as well as attached new panels for a Russian experiment that measures residue on the station’s hull left by its thrusters. The spacewalkers also installed two amateur radio antennas, tether guides, and a spare parts holder. Some of the tasks on Monday's spacewalk were planned for the previous one ten days earlier, but postponed when that EVA started late and had to be shortened.
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