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U.S. astronauts fix station in spacewalk

This NASA photo taken by crew members on the International Space Station on May 19, 2011 shows space shuttle Endeavour as it is docked with the station. Endeavour and her crew of 13 are on NASA mission STS-134 a service mission to the International Space Station. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
This NASA photo taken by crew members on the International Space Station on May 19, 2011 shows space shuttle Endeavour as it is docked with the station. Endeavour and her crew of 13 are on NASA mission STS-134 a service mission to the International Space Station. UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

HOUSTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Two U.S. astronauts finished an 8-hour operation outside the International Space Station Sunday, the sixth-longest spacewalk ever, NASA said.

Drew Feustel and Mike Fincke completed the 8-hour, 7-minute walk at 9:12 a.m. Houston time, the agency said.

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Their tasks, all completed, included refilling a cooling loop with ammonia and lubricating a joint on a solar power device that tracks the sun.

The astronauts also installed a camera cover on Dextre (the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator), one of the station's robotic arms, and lubricated one of the robot's hands.

Also Sunday, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev handed over command of the International Space Station to Andrey Borisenko. Italian Paolo Nespoli and American Cady Coleman are to return to Earth Monday.

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