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Cape Canaveral (Florida): In space, no one can hear you scream ``Fore!''

Then again, ``Fore'' is not something Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin is likely to shout later on Wednesday when he strikes a lightweight golf ball with a special 6-iron from outside the International Space Station in a promotional stunt for a Canadian golf club manufacturer.

Mr. Tyurin will be too busy trying to keep his balance during the one-handed swing in his bulky spacesuit. He will have one foot wedged between the rails of a ladder outside the space lab. Fortunately, he will be tethered, as astronauts are for all spacewalks.

And if you are disappointed over the lack of sound, sorry. You will not be able to see Mr. Tyurin's golf swing either at least not in real time.

His crewmate will be filming it for the golf club maker, E21 Golf, to use later, however. The golf stunt is the first task for Mr. Tyurin and U.S. astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria during a six-hour spacewalk. AP


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