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Endeavour Astronauts Conduct First Spacewalk of Mission

NASA TV(HOUSTON) -- Two crew members aboard space shuttle Endeavour on Friday took part in the first spacewalk of the shuttle's 16-day mission.

Astronauts Drew Feustel and Greg Chamitoff floated in space to perform some basic maintenance work on the International Space Station and retrieve some experiments stashed outside the orbiting outpost.

Friday's spacewalk is the fourth for Feustel and the first for Chamitoff.  It's the first of four spacewalks Endeavour's six-man crew has planned during their time in space.

A day before, the astronauts installed a $2 billion alpha magnetic spectrometer on the ISS, which could prove or disprove the Big Bang Theory of how the universe was formed.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Astronauts to Go on Spacewalk

Part of the crew aboard space shuttle Discovery. Photo Courtesy - NASA(HOUSTON) -- Two astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery will venture outside of the International Space Station Monday morning to go on a spacewalk.

Steve Bowen and Alvin Drew will embark on the 6.5-hour spacewalk at 11:18 a.m. ET to perform several tasks, including installing a power extension cable, moving a broken ammonia pump, and installing a camera wedge.  Both astronauts prepped for the assignment by "camping out" the night before in the Quest airlock, where the atmospheric pressure is lowered to help protect them from "the bends," or decompression sickness, once they are out in space.

Discovery docked with the International Space Station on Saturday, where it will remain for a week before returning back to Earth.

The space shuttle's latest flight will be its last one -- it is set to retire after its current mission is over.

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