June 10, 2023

NASA postpones spacewalk at space station due to space debris warning

A set up spacewalk by 2 NASA astronauts beyond the International Space Station has been held off after a debris caution for the orbiting station triggered NASA to act upon the side of caution.In a short declaration released simply after midnight (EST, 0500 GMT) on Tuesday (Nov. 30), NASA stated that the “absence of opportunity to effectively evaluate the danger it could posture to the astronauts” resulted in flight controllers choosing to postpone the spacewalk, which had been arranged to start at 7:10 a.m. EST (1200 GMT).”The space station schedule and operations have the ability to quickly accommodate the hold-up of the spacewalk,” the area agency wrote on its website.NASA did not launch details about the nature of the “debris notification,” consisting of the source of the hazard. A current Russian anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon test led to a new cloud of more than 150 trackable pieces of particles and forced the area station crew to take momentary cover in the immediate consequences on Nov. 14, however whether that event and the spacewalk hold-up related was not yet clear.”We do not have any [times of close technique] or any combinations were stressed over today in regards to team actions for you men, however naturally well keep you posted,” Mission Control in Houston radioed the space stations crew, according to a report by CBS News.”Its just reality, this is how things work out sometimes, and Im truly pleased you fellows are keeping an eye out for our safety,” stated NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, an Expedition 66 flight engineer, according to CBS News.NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron were slated to perform a spacewalk to replace a defective antenna system on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (Image credit: NASA)Astronauts Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron had actually been arranged to replace a faulty antenna system with an extra installed in other places on the spaceport stations backbone truss structure. The planned 6 and a half hour spacewalk would have brought back usage of among the complexs S-band Antenna Subassemblies (SASA), which is utilized to send out and get signals to and from Earth through NASAs Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System. The antenna being replaced had lost its ability to send out signals down to Earth.The spaceport station has extra low-rate S-band systems, as well as a high-rate KU-band interactions system that passes on video. The abject abilities have actually had a limited influence on normal station operations, so can await a rescheduled spacewalk.Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.