Atlantis Astronauts Begin First Spacewalk

Shuttle Atlantic is launched from Florida

Two Atlantis astronauts stepped into the void Tuesday, in the first of three spacewalks to install new modules to the orbiting International Space Station, where construction stopped after the 2003 Columbia disaster.

Mission specialists Joe Tanner and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper ventured outside the ISS at 4:17am Houston time (0917GMT) to connect power cables to a truss segment containing solar arrays that a few minutes earlier had been bolted to the ISS.

The walk, NASA said, is scheduled to last six-and-a-half hours.

Source: AFP

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