Space station's new wings about to get stretched

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The international space station's
newly installed solar wings are about to get stretched.

Astronauts aboard the orbiting station-shuttle complex will start unfurling the two wings late Friday morning, by remote control.

NASA managers say they expect to be on pins and needles
throughout the five-hour procedure.

That's because the wings could get hung up or some of the panels could stick together. That's happened before on previous flights.

On Thursday, a pair of spacewalking astronauts successfully hooked up the $300 million framework that holds the folded-up wings.

The spacewalk lasted six hours - record time for a job like this.

Two more spacewalks are scheduled while shuttle Discovery is
docked to the space station.

The shuttle is due to depart next week.


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