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Astronauts Fix Solar Panel

They complete risky mission on international space station
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2007 11:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two astronauts fixed the broken solar panel on the international space station today in one of the riskiest spacewalks ever undertaken, the AP reports. Scott Parazynski installed a brace and fixed snarled wires on the highly electrified panel, which then unfurled to its full length. "Excellent work guys, excellent," said the space station commander.

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Parazynski and fellow astronaut Douglas Wheelock undertook the mission because the newly installed solar panel—critical to the future of the space station—encountered a snag on Thursday. "What a relief," said Parazynski, who completed the far-from-home-improvement while perched atop a 90-foot robotic arm. He and the rest of Discovery's crew are scheduled to return to earth on Wednesday. (Read more Scott Parazynski stories.)

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