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Endeavour astronauts complete final spacewalk

05-28-2011 15:46 BJT

WASHINGTON, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Two U.S. astronauts conducted the fourth and final scheduled spacewalks for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission on Friday morning, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced.

In this photo released by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on May 27, 2011, astronaut Michael Fincke works outside the Space station during a spacewalk of the STS-134 mission. Two U.S. astronauts conducted the fourth and final scheduled spacewalks for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission on Friday morning, NASA announced. (Xinhua/NASA)

The seven-hour, 24-minute spacewalk completed by Mike Fincke and Greg Chamitoff at 7:39 a.m. EDT (1139 GMT) was the final spacewalk conducted by space shuttle astronauts before NASA turns over Endeavour and sister ships Discovery and Atlantis to museums. Space station crew will continue to make spacewalks for maintenance and repair tasks.

At 5:02 a.m. (0902 GMT), Fincke and Chamitoff surpassed the 1, 000th hour astronauts and cosmonauts have spent spacewalking in support of space station assembly and maintenance. The milestone occurred four hours and 47 minutes into the spacewalk, the 159th in support of station assembly and maintenance, totaling 1,002 hours, 37 minutes.



The space shuttle Endeavour is seen docked to the International Space Station in this photo taken using a digital camera with a fish-eye lens by spacewalking astronaut Mike Fincke and provided by NASA May 27, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The astronauts completed their mission to stow the 50-foot-long boom on the station truss and work on some new installations to extend the space station's robotic arm. After that, shuttle commander Mark Kelly called Mission Control in Houston to mark the milestone -- after 12 years of efforts.

"Space station assembly is complete," Kelly said.

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