• Astronauts take spacewalk to find ammonia leak

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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Two astronauts are spacewalking outside the International Space Station in an attempt to find an ammonia leak in a critical radiator system.

    Station commander Sunita Williams and Japanese crewmate Akihiko Hoshide ventured out Thursday morning. They will isolate plumbing to help flight controllers locate the leak and open a spare radiator.

    Their spacewalk got under way just hours after the orbiting lab had to dodge a piece of space junk.

    On Wednesday evening, thrusters on a docked Russian supply ship were fired to move the space station out of harm's way. But a computer error caused the thrusters to malfunction, and the station did not reach the desired altitude.

    NASA saud the station and its six residents are safe despite their lower-than-intended orbit. The menacing debris is a satellite fragment.

     

     

     

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