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 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.