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Russian Spacewalkers Finish Tough Job at Space Station

 / Updated  / Source: Associated Press

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A pair of spacewalking astronauts managed to install a new antenna and complete other work Thursday outside the International Space Station, despite stubborn equipment. Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemiev spent more than seven hours outside, longer than expected, and put in an order for hot tea as the tiring work wrapped up. The two struggled with balky clamps and latches on the antenna, but finally secured the equipment with a wire tie. The first-time spacewalkers also replaced an old frame that held experiments with a brand-new boom. Skvortsov and Artemiev had to hustle back inside after wrapping up their work. "I'm hungry and thirsty," one of them radioed. They also said their hands were tired. A plastic handle got away from them right before they closed the hatch.

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