Successful Spacewalk: Team conquers bolt, installs box

Successful Spacewalk: Team conquers bolt, installs box

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IN SPACE - JULY 12: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the International Space Station's Cupola, backdropped against black space, a horizon scene and various components of the orbiting outpost, including the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module, right, along with two "parked" Russian spacecraft -- a Soyuz and a progress supply ship July 12, 2011 in space. Space shuttle Atlantis has embarked on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

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by Marcia Dunn

Associated Press

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Spacewalking astronauts have triumphed over a stubborn bolt.

Japanese spaceman Akihiko Hoshide successfully drove the bolt all the way home Wednesday, after cleaning out the socket with homemade tools. That paved the way for the installation of a critical power-switching box.

Hoshide and American Sunita Williams spent last week's spacewalk struggling with the bolt. They ventured back out Wednesday to finish the job. Mission Control burst into applause when the pair finally succeeded.

The space station's electrical system was compromised by the missing power-routing unit, one of four on the orbiting lab. Flight controllers worked throughout the Labor Day weekend to come up with the repair plan.

Williams is now the world's most experienced female spacewalker. She broke the record during Wednesday's spacewalk.

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