Feb 14, 2008

Astronauts worked on Columbus

NASA has extended Atlantis' mission by a day on Wednesday to give the crew more time to work on the Columbus lab. On Thursday astronauts worked hard to get the brand new Columbus lab from the European Space Agency running and fully functional for use.

Astronaut Stanley Love and Hans Schlegel took part in the second spacewalk of the mission. Then, Stanley Love and Rex Walheim are scheduled to participate in the mission's third outing on Friday to attach two science tools to the outside of Columbus.

Space shuttle Atlantis will remain at the International Space Station until Monday. The shuttle's thermal shielding has been completely cleared for re-entry. That makes for a 13-day flight, with touchdown now set for Feb. 20. AP


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