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Astronaut Steven Swanson waves for the camera as he and fellow spacewalker Patrick Forrester work during the mission's second spacewalk June 13, 2007. Swanson said he was apprehensive at first, before his first spacewalk, but once he was out and on top of the station, the view and experiences were surreal.

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