Astronauts Spacewalk on Apollo Anniversary
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2009 1:20 AM CDT
Endeavour astronaut Thomas Marshburn floats above Earth as he finishes a six-hour spacewalk outside the space station yesterday.   (AP Photo/NASA TV)
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(Newser) – Two Endeavour astronauts enjoyed a successful spacewalk on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing yesterday, reports Space.com. The astronauts, who attached three large spare parts to the International Space Station, were outside at 4:17pm—the exact time Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down on the lunar surface.

"A special day to do this on the 40th anniversary of Apollo," said a crewmate coordinating the mission from inside the orbiter. Astronauts also managed to fix the station's broken zero-gravity toilet, meaning that the 13 astronauts on board the station won't have to resort to Apollo-era bags to stow their waste.