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Tuesday, December 8, 1998 Published at 02:11 GMT

The world's riskiest rewiring job

Pictures of Nasa astronauts carrying out work on the first part of the International Space Station were beamed live around the world.

Here is a selection of views of the astronauts at work as they orbited the earth.

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Astronault Jerry Ross exits the shuttle at the beginning of a marathon space walk.

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High above the earth, an astronaut hangs off the shuttle's arm, carrying out delicate work as he peers into space.

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Down below at Nasa's mission control, technicians watched the computer screens showing Endeavour's precise position.

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The shuttle's arm held the first sections of the space station together as the astronauts worked.

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One of the key mission objectives was to hook up power supplies to the Unity module of the ISS.

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Orbiting at thousands of miles an hour above the earth.

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