SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -- An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut drifted out of space shuttle Atlantis early Monday, making a successful climb up the international space station that was more spacehike than spacewalk.
Edward Lu and Yuri Malenchenko made the grueling ascent to lay cable and install a boom for a navigation unit on the exterior of the 140-foot station during their 6 hour, 14 minute spacewalk. They carried the bundled cables on their backs, along with the boom and their tools.
The spacewalkers ventured an astounding 110 feet from Atlantis' cargo bay, where the space station had been anchored for the past day. It was the farthest distance any NASA spacewalker had ventured while tethered.
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