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Spacewalk ends with mixed results

Mixed results as spacewalk ends

Two Russian space station astronauts took a spacewalk Monday to complete a camera job left undone last month but ran into new trouble. Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy successfully installed one of two cameras for Earth observations, a task requiring multiple power connections outside the International Space Station. Everything checked out well with a high-definition camera. But a second, medium-resolution camera did not provide good data to ground controllers after the hookup. It was unclear what the next course of action would be regarding the incommunicado camera, but Kotov and Ryazanskiy were assured there would be no more spacewalks to deal with the problem.

China's moon rover suffers setback

China says its first lunar rover is experiencing mechanical problems, a rare setback for its burgeoning space program that in recent years has conducted spacewalks and placed a space station in orbit. The six-wheeled Yutu vehicle began operating last month after making the first soft landing on the moon by a space probe in 37 years. It was designed to roam the surface for three months while surveying for natural resources and sending back data. Online speculation focused on the possibility that dust had disrupted the probe's operation.

Peru wins ocean area from Chile

A six-year maritime dispute between Chile and Peru over a vast section of the Pacific Ocean that includes some of the most bountiful fishing grounds in the world was settled Monday when the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled largely in favor of Peru, but allowed Chile to keep many of its coastal fisheries. Under the compromise, Chile lost special rights to marine resources in about 8,000 square miles of ocean near its northern border, but retained control over its 12-mile territorial waters, where most fishing activity takes place.

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