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Spacewalking Astronauts Install New Antenna

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Cuba appears at the top of this high oblique image, photographed by one of the Expedition 38 crew members aboard the International Space Station. (Source: NASA.gov)

Cuba appears at the top of this high oblique image, photographed by one of the Expedition 38 crew members aboard the International Space Station. (Source: NASA.gov)

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CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami/AP) — A pair of Russian astronauts installed a new antenna and moved a cargo boom outside the International Space Station during an arduous spacewalk.

Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemiev had to haul the antenna out with them. It was such hard work getting it out that they had to take a break. They took another rest less than an hour later.

It was the first spacewalk for the two men. Russia’s Mission Control outside Moscow directed all the action.

“Don’t be in a hurry. Don’t try to catch up,” someone urged.

“We don’t have to push it,” one of the spacewalkers said.

Among the several tasks: switching out some science experiments.

Six men live on the space station. The crew includes three Russians, two Americans and one German. The Americans are supposed to venture out on NASA-led spacewalks in August. Skvortsov and Artemiev also have another spacewalk scheduled for August.

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