NJ astronaut conducts first of 3 spacewalks

A New Jersey native is set to space walk today.

Parsippany native, Garrett Reisman and Stephen Bowen will venture outside the shuttle Monday morning to install a spare antenna on the International Space Station. They'll also hook up a storage platform and loosen the bolts on batteries that will be replaced on the following two spacewalks.

The mission is being commanded by U.S. Navy Captain, Ken Ham, of Plainfield.

NASA may add an extra chore to the second or third spacewalk. A cable is snagged at the end of the shuttle's inspection boom. Managers say it should be a quick and easy job to free it. The problem prevented the astronauts from conducting a proper inspection of their ship Saturday.

Atlantis arrived at the space station Sunday. It's the last flight of Atlantis as the shuttle program winds down.

AP wires contributed to this report.Related Story:

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