Endeavour astronauts stroll out for spacewalk
Drew Feustel (FOIST-el) and Gregory Chamitoff left the shuttle a few minutes early, at 3:10 a.m. EDT, while Endeavour and the station floated over the Philippines. Their spacewalk is scheduled to last about six and a half hours.
NASA officials said this spacewalk is supposed to be as routine as they get for what is always a risky task of strolling outside in space. The astronauts will retrieve three experiments outside the station, install a new one and do some maintenance work.
This is the first spacewalk for Chamitoff. He called it a dream come true.
Endeavour's astronauts will spacewalk four times.
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