Astronauts Link Harmony to ISS

'Great day in outer space' sums up lead spacewalker
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2007 2:35 PM CDT
Astronauts Douglas Wheelock and Scott Parazynski, feet to camera, work on stowing the broken antenna in the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Discovery Friday Oct. 26, 2007 during their first spacewalk....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery today successfully attached the 16-ton Harmony addition to the International Space Station, expanding the station's living and working space by more than 2,500 cubic feet. The 6-hour project, moving the Harmony and retrieving a broken antenna from the station, was the first of five planned spacewalks, the AP reports.

"Now the crews that are hot on our heels have a place to come," said astronaut Scott Parazynski. After Discovery leaves, in a little over a week, space station crewmembers will move Harmony to its permanent spot, where it will become the docking point for two laboratory modules coming in the next few months.