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German Astronaut Makes First Spacewalk

Two spacewalking astronauts supplied the international space station with a fresh tank of nitrogen gas Wednesday, one of them a German who was too sick to venture outside a few days earlier.It was a chance for Hans Schlegel to prove himself.Never before in 27 years of space shuttle history was an astronaut replaced on a spacewalk and then given a second chance.• Click here for NASA's live video stream from the space station.Looking and sounding fit, Schlegel and Rex Walheim completed their primary job halfway through the planned 6½-hour spacewalk: removing a depleted nitrogen tank from the space station and installing a full one weighing 550 pounds.The high-pressure nitrogen gas is needed to flush ammonia through the station's cooling lines.As soon as the new tank of nitrogen was powered up, Mission Control radioed up the news along with congratulations for the spacewalkers' "great work.""Hot dog!" said Walheim.• Click here to visit FOXNews.com's Space Center.The spacewalk began, coinc...

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