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Astronauts Install Arm Onto Station.
April 23, 2001
Astronauts Install Arm Onto Station
Russians Ignore US Concerns, Plan to Send Tito Anyway
ASTRONAUTS INSTALL ARM ONTO STATION
Astronauts Chris Hadfield and Scott Parazynski successfully installed the Canadian-built robotic arm on the International Space Station on Sunday during a 7-hour spacewalk. Shortly after the installation, the astronauts were able to deploy the 20-metre arm and test that it had been installed correctly. Because it is so heavy, 1,640 kg, the arm can't support its own weight in the gravity of Earth; but now in space, the arm will be capable of moving to any part of the station, and assisting the installation of any module carried by the shuttle.
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RUSSIANS IGNORE US CONCERNS, PLAN TO SEND TITO ANYWAY
As space tourist Dennis Tito's flight approaches, it appears that the Russian government has decided to ignore American concerns about bringing the millionaire up to the International Space Station. Russian Space Agency spokesman Sergei Gorbunov said that he "will travel to the station no matter what". If all goes according to schedule, Tito and his cosmonaut crew will launch on Saturday on board a Russian Soyuz, and dock with the station two days later.
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