CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Spacewalking astronauts successfully completed a three-day cable job outside the International Space Station on Sunday, routing several-hundred feet of power and data lines for new crew capsules commissioned by NASA.
It was the third spacewalk in just over a week for Americans Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore, and the quickest succession of spacewalks since NASA's former shuttle days.
The advance work was needed for the manned spacecraft under development by Boeing and SpaceX. A pair of docking ports will fly up later this year, followed by the capsules themselves, with astronauts aboard, in 2017.
Virts and Wilmore installed two sets of antennas Sunday, as well as 400 feet (122 meters) of cable for this new communication system. They unreeled 364 feet (111 meters) of cable on Feb. 21 and last Wednesday.
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