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US astronauts engage in spacewalk to upgrade ISS

WASHINGTON: Two American astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday to work on upgrading the orbiting outpost's electrical system. Americans Shane Kimbrough, the 49-year-old commander of the six-person crew aboard the ISS, and flight engineer Peggy Whitson, 56, emerged from an airlock at 1223 GMT. Their spacewalk is expected to last six-and-a-half hours, during which the pair will install adapter plates and electrical connections for three of six new lithium-ion…

US Elections: NASA astronaut casts lone vote from space

MIAMI: In a US presidential election that's already been out of this world, the lone American astronaut in outer space has cast his vote, NASA said on Monday. Shane Kimbrough became the latest astronaut to join in a long tradition of voting while floating above the Earth, inside the orbiting International Space Station. Kimbrough rode a Russian Soyuz rocket to the ISS on October 19 to start a four-month mission at the research outpost, along with two Russian cosmonauts. US astronauts have been able to vote from…

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN:Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut soared into orbit in a Soyuz spacecraft Wednesday at the start of a two-day journey to the International Space Station. NASA's Shane Kimbrough and Andrei Borisenko and Sergei Ryzhikov of Roscosmos blasted off at 0805 GMT from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after their launch had been delayed by nearly one month because of technical issues. The trio's mission is expected to last just over four months with docking at the orbital laboratory taking place…