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RUSSIAN DUO CHECK MIR ON SPACEWALK

Two cosmonauts took a spacewalk Friday to see if their Mir space station was damaged during a failed docking attempt last week.

Yuri Malenchenko and Talgat Musabayev left the Mir about 12:40 a.m. MDT. They planned to spend nearly four hours in space, inspecting the station and installing new equipment, the ITAR-Tass news agency said.Malenchenko, the Mir's commander, is the Russian manned space program's latest hero. He manually docked a supply ship with the station by remote control last week after two attempts by autopilot failed.

During one docking attempt, the Progress supply ship bumped into the Mir several times.

If the docking port is damaged, repairs would likely be done during a space walk planned for Sept. 13, ITAR-Tass said.