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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Walk This Way

A new glass-bottomed walkway above the Grand Canyon called the Skywalk had its first visitors Tuesday, with former astronaut Buzz Aldrin taking the inaugural step. About 1,000 tourists, dignitaries and Indian leaders applauded as the second man to walk on the moon stepped onto the pathway.

The pathway, which is anchored into a limestone cliff, is paved with 90 tons of glass and can support a few hundred people at a time.

It creaks slightly and the deck wobbles just a tiny bit when it is walked on.

The skywalk has gotten mixed reactions from the Hualapai tribe, with many of them concerned that the burial sites near the canyon will be disturbed.