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Apr 8, 2010 8:57 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Astronauts hoist cargo carrier onto space station

NASA is still working around the space shuttle's broken antenna to get data it needs to see if there was any launch damage.

Other than that, the mission to the International Space Station is going as planned. Astronauts attached a compartment full of newly delivered goods today, enough to keep the lab complex running for years to come.

The carrier will be taken back to Earth filled with trash and old equipment, then returned in September to be used for permanent storage. And the big chunks of data NASA needs have been streaming to Earth from the space station's facilities. The files contain laser images of the shuttle Discovery, required since the 2003 Columbia tragedy.

Three spacewalks are planned over the coming days to replace a depleted ammonia tank that is part of the space station's cooling system.

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