Steamboat astronaut Steve Swanson poses for a picture in the International Space Station. Swanson finished the fifth spacewalk of his career Wednesday morning.

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Steamboat astronaut Steve Swanson poses for a picture in the International Space Station. Swanson finished the fifth spacewalk of his career Wednesday morning.

Steamboat Springs astronaut Steve Swanson completes 5th spacewalk

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— Steamboat Springs astronaut Steve Swanson made fixing a dead computer more than 200 miles above the Earth look easy Wednesday morning during the fifth spacewalk of his career.

Swanson and fellow American astronaut Rick Mastracchio spent about an hour and a half replacing an old backup computer on the outside of the International Space Station.

NASA called the spacewalk, which was completed an hour ahead of schedule, quick and clean.

The astronauts had a great view of South America while they worked.

Swanson's walk brought his total spacewalking time to 27 hours and 58 minutes.

Astronauts now have spent about 46 1/2 days on spacewalks doing work on the space station.

The computer the astronauts helped to replace Wednesday was one of the station's two external multiplexer-demultiplexers that help control some of the space station's systems that include the external cooling system, solar alpha rotary joints and mobile transporter rail car, according to a news release from NASA.

Swanson, a Steamboat Springs High School graduate, is almost one month into his third trip to space.

He is scheduled to remain on the space station for five more months conducting experiments.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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