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Second Spacewalk Today For Shuttle Astronauts

The shuttle Discovery's astronauts are up and at work, with engineers on the ground deciding whether some dangling fabric will force a repair in space.

Two of the shuttle's astronauts will make a spacewalk today, the second of the flight, to restore a gyroscope on the international space station.

Teams of experts could decide today what to do about Discovery's problem: two ceramic strips of fabric drooping between tiles on the shuttle's belly. Some engineers are worried they could trigger overheating when the shuttle returns to Earth.

It's possible the shuttle could land without incident even if nothing is done. But if NASA decides a fix is needed, it could involve having the crew's spacewalking astronauts undertake a first-ever repair mission beneath the shuttle.

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