MOSCOW, March 28 (UPI) -- The International Space Station's two crew members completed their extra-vehicular work more than an hour early Monday, the Novosti news agency reported.
Cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov and U.S. astronaut Leroy Chiao re-entered the craft after being outside 4 1/2 hours, reporting success in their work and that they were feeling well.
"They installed equipment for docking with the first European ATV freighter, launched a nano-satellite, and did other work," the head of the mission control center's press service, Valery Lyndin, told the Interfax news agency.
Sharipov launched the foot-long, 11-pound Nanosat mini-satellite by hand, while Chiao worked at assembling and installing three aerials to be used when the new European cargo vessel, Jules Verne, first docks with the station next year.
Since 2003, the ISS has been short one crew member because the U.S. space shuttles remain grounded, leaving only Russian craft to keep the station going.