|Atlantis astronauts embark on mission’s second spacewalk|
22 November 2009
A spacewalking astronaut put aside the impending birth of his daughter and concentrated instead on
his first-ever venture outside the International Space Station on Saturday.
Atlantis astronauts embarked on mission’s second spacewalk. Crew member Randolph Bresnik and
veteran spacewalking partner, Michael Foreman, got off to a late but fast start, bolting down antenna
equipment and relocating a monitor for electrical hazards. The spacewalk was delayed more than an
hour by false decompression alarms that rang through the orbiting complex late Friday, for the
second night in a row. The high-pitched beeps - emanating from a new Russian research chamber
- triggered a series of smoke alarms. Right before the spacewalk, the combined crews attached a
giant platform full of spare parts to the exterior of the space station, using robot arms. It was the
second such shelf to be installed this week. Atlantis hauled up nearly 15 tons of equipment to keep
the outpost running long after the shuttles’ retirement next year.
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