'Incredible' Final Walk for Shuttle Astronauts

Mundane tasks, spectacular views
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2008 3:33 AM CDT
Astronauts during a spacewalk to perform space station assembly and maintenance.    (AP Photo/NASA TV)
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(Newser) – Two shuttle astronauts completed their third and final spacewalk yesterday outside the International Space Station, racking up more than 20 hours floating in space. The pair completed maintenance on the station's cooling system and Japanese lab, taking time out to admire spectacular views, reports Space.com.

Looking out into space, astronaut Michael Fossum said a young student once asked him if it's possible to see the stars while working on a spacewalk. "I told him I never had the chance to turn my lights off and look," he said, adding: "Indeed, you can. Isn't it a grand view!"