Atlantis Astronauts Complete 2nd Spacewalk of Mission, Await

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Atlantis' astronauts have completed their spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

Astronaut Randolph Bresnik had to put aside the impending birth of his daughter during his first-ever walk. But his wife was clearly on his mind. Gazing down at the Earth, Bresnik said, "Other than seeing my wife for the first time, I don't think I've ever seen a more beautiful face."

His wife, Rebecca, was due to give birth Friday. But shuttle flight director Brian Smith says there's no word yet. He told reporters "The Bresnik launch countdown clock has got some unpredictable and variable holds in it. So it's very hard to predict. But nothing new for you today."

Bresnik and veteran astronaut Michael Foreman installed new antennas, relocated a monitor for electrical hazards, set up an attachment for a spectrometer due to arrive next year, and hooked up a wireless video system for spacewalkers' helmet cameras. Then they released another payload platform.

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