Spacewalkers complete antenna installation

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 19, 2014 at 2:21 p.m.



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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two spacewalking astronauts have been able to install a new antenna outside the International Space Station, despite some equipment trouble.

The two Russians (Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemiev) panted and sighed as they dealt with balky clamps and latches. Mission Control outside Moscow urged them to take frequent breaks.

Two hours into the spacewalk, the first-time spacewalkers were still struggling to secure the antenna. Two of the three locks clicked into place, but the third would not work right -- and the astronauts had to use a wire tie instead.

When that task was complete, they moved on to the rest of the to-do list -- which included moving a payload boom and switching out science experiments.

The current space station crew includes three Russians, two Americans and one German.

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APPHOTO NY116: Russian space station crew member Oleg Artemiev floats outside the International Space Station during a spacewalk by two Russians, Thursday, June 16, 2014, to install a new antenna and move a cargo boom. Alexander Skvortsov and Artemiev will also switch out some science experiments. (AP Photo/NASA-TV) (19 Jun 2014)

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