Space Station spacewalk

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AP-Space Station (Tops)<br /><br />Astronauts finish spacewalk on international space station<br /><br /> SPACE STATION ALPHA (AP) - It was a successful mission for an<br />American and a Russian astronaut, who completed a four-and-a-half<br />hour spacewalk on the international space station.<br /> They were doing maintenance on the orbiting outpost and<br />installing new equipment needed for a new line of cargo ships that<br />come off the assembly line next year.<br /> Midway into the spacewalk, flight controllers accidentally shut<br />down their communication link, leaving the two space travelers<br />completely on their own.<br /> Once the problem was detected, a backup line was established,<br />before the main link was reconnected.<br /> Before the Columbia shuttle disaster of 2003, there were enough<br />astronauts to ensure that one remained in the spacecraft at all<br />times. But, since then, the two-man crew has been going out in<br />space, leaving flight controllers in Moscow and Houston to monitor<br />the space station.<br /><br />(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)<br /> <br />AP-NY-08-03-04 0904EDT
 
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