Two space station residents take stroll outside

August 3, 2011 - 11:29 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (PA) — Two astronauts are taking a spacewalk at the International Space Station.

Russians Sergei Volkov (VOL'-kov) and Alexander Samokutyaev (Sa-mo-koo-ti-YA'-yev) floated out Wednesday morning. Their first job is to release a small ham radio satellite. They'll use their gloved hands to let loose the 57-pound satellite. It's a prototype for a series of educational satellites under development by Radio Amateur Satellite Corp., NASA and a Russian aerospace company.

The satellite holds messages marking this year's 50th anniversary of the launch of the first spaceman, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. It also holds a beacon for tracking Morse code. A student experiment on board will transmit Earth views.

Four other men are aboard the space station.

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