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2005-08-01 14:29:08

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two spacewalking astronauts replaced a broken steering device on the International Space Station on Monday and prepared for a possible new and untested venture to fix the shuttle Discovery's heat shield. During the second of three spacewalks planned during the first shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster, astronauts Soichi Noguchi and Steve Robinson removed one of the station's four gyroscopes and replaced it with a new one. The gyroscopes keep...

2005-08-01 12:32:06

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two spacewalking astronauts replaced a broken steering device on the International Space Station on Monday and prepared for a possible new and untested venture to space shuttle Discovery's belly to fix the ship's heat shield. During the second of three spacewalks planned during their mission, astronauts Soichi Noguchi and Steve Robinson removed one of the station's four gyroscopes and replaced it with a new one. The gyroscopes keep the outpost properly...

2005-07-31 19:51:32

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - NASA is considering sending two astronauts on an unprecedented spacewalk to the belly of space shuttle Discovery to smooth out rough spots in the ship's heat shield, U.S. space agency officials said on Sunday. NASA managers are concerned that two protruding bits of material known as "gap fillers" could overheat Discovery as it plunges through Earth's atmosphere for landing. Heat shield damage was responsible for the loss of shuttle Columbia and its seven...

2005-07-30 20:51:06

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two shuttle Discovery astronauts completed a seven-hour spacewalk on Saturday to restore a space station steering device and test shuttle heat shield repairs that might give crews a better chance of avoiding a Columbia-like disaster. NASA extended the shuttle's visit to the outpost by a day because the next trip will likely be postponed. "You did a great job today," Mission Control's Mike Massimino radioed to the crew as rookie spacewalkers Stephen...