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Space Station's New Wings About to Get Stretched

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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