American astronauts Garrett Reisman and Stephen Bowen performed a seven hour
and 25 minute spacewalk.
above: Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman (left)
and Stephen Bowen begin the first STS-132 spacewalk.
space-to-ground antenna they installed will increase the space station's
ability to conduct two-way data, voice, and video communications. They put into
place a new tool platform for the Dextre robot, and Bowen prepared six
batteries that will be installed during the second and third spacewalks by
loosening the bolts that hold the batteries in place. This was the first of
three STS-132 spacewalks, 237th conducted by U.S. astronauts, the second for Reisman
and the fourth for Bowen. It was the 144th EVA in support of
International Space Station assembly and maintenance.