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Atlantis crew begins first spacewalk

2010-05-19 07:02:29 GMT2010-05-19 15:02:29 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

In the first of three spacewalks planned by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, two American astronauts ventured out on a spacewalk Monday. Jon Decker reports.

In the first of three spacewalks planned by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, two American astronauts - Garrett Reisman and Stephen Bowen - ventured out on a spacewalk Monday, emerging from the hatch of the ISS.

Reisman and Bowen have a busy day.

During their 6 and a half hour spacewalk they will install a spare 6-foot antenna on the International Space Station and attach a spare parts platform to the station's two-armed robotic crane.

Two more spacewalks are planned during the Shuttle's 12-day mission.

The shuttle program is scheduled to end in November and NASA wants to stockpile as much equipment possible at the space station before then.

The next spacewalk will be Wednesday and the last one is scheduled for Friday.

Jon Decker, Reuters.

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