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Canadian-Built Robot Installed on ISS Gets Electricity


The crews of the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour and International Space Station restored critical power to a Canadian-built robot late Friday.

Astronauts sent power to the robot named Dextre through the station's Canadian-built robotic arm. Ground controllers could not get electricity to Dextre after it was removed from Endeavour's cargo bay during a spacewalk Thursday. Officials with the U.S. space agency NASA say engineers discovered a design flaw in an electrical circuit in the $200 million robot.

Before fixing the problem with the robot, the crews entered a new Japanese-built module that was attached to the ISS Thursday. The module will serve as the storage compartment for the three-piece Kibo laboratory. The main segment will be delivered during a shuttle flight in May.

The crews are preparing for another spacewalk scheduled for Saturday. It will be the second of five planned spacewalks during Endeavour's 12-day mission at the orbital outpost.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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