Photos: Shuttle crew hangs out in space

Photos: Shuttle crew hangs out in space

Summary: Astronauts test out a new arm and check NASA's space shuttle Discovery for possible damage during launch.

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  • Hanging in space

    NASA's first space shuttle mission in almost a year is floating smoothly despite some unwanted pieces of debris seen through improved launch imagery. Three space excursions are on tap for the seven-member Discovery crew.

    On the first space walk, Astronauts Piers J. Sellers and Michael E. Fossum hang from a 100-foot arm and extension work platform called the Remote Manipulator System/Orbiter Booster Sensor System. Their spacewalk lasted 7 hours and 31 minutes.

  • Debris

    More than 100 high-definition, digital, film and video cameras scrutinized the Discovery launch and found that very small pieces of material in the shuttle assembly fall off. Here's a piece of debris caught falling off at liftoff (red arrow).

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