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Astronauts walk in space, install antennas

Associated Press
Published March 29, 2005

CAPE CANAVERAL - The two space station astronauts installed antennas and released a small satellite during a spacewalk Monday, completing the work just before the orbiting outpost drifted and rolled slightly because of overloaded gyroscopes.

The astronauts were in no danger, and the slow roll - which lasted just 17 minutes - was not unexpected. In fact, NASA said the space station held steady longer than anticipated.

For reasons that are not entirely clear to NASA, the space station has tended to drift during spacewalks over the past year or so. The station held steady until the very end of the 41/4-hour spacewalk, when it went into a partial, slow-motion cartwheel.

Laboring 220 miles above Earth, commander Leroy Chiao and his Russian crewmate, Salizhan Sharipov, plugged in four antennas for a new type of cargo carrier due to fly next year. They also released a 1-foot-long, 11-pound satellite, Nanosputnik, designed for maneuvering by ground controllers.

[Last modified March 29, 2005, 01:32:11]

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