Space debris delays spacewalk missions, and could compromise communications.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, WASHINGTON — A scheduled space trip by an American Space Agency (NASA) astronaut has been postponed. The agency received a debris alert for the International Space Station (ISS).
In a statement, NASA wrote that the debris notification was received Monday night. “Due to the lack of opportunity to properly assess the risk this could pose to astronauts, the team has decided to postpone the planned space trip on Tuesday, November 30 until further information becomes available,” he said on the ISS blog. Fox News, Wednesday (1/12).
Spacewalk was originally scheduled to start at 7:10 a.m. ET. Astronaut NASA Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron will replace the S-band Antenna Subassembly (SASA) antenna system with a backup already available in the station’s frame structure.
The agency noted that the antenna recently lost its ability to send signals to Earth via NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System.
“Although its degradation had a limited impact on station operations, the mission manager decided to install a new antenna to ensure communication redundancy. The space station has an additional low-level S-band system, as well as a high-level KU-band communication system that broadcasts video.
Spacewalk six and a half hours will be spacewalk 245th to support the assembly of the space station. Other than that, spacewalk the next will be spacewalk fifth for Marshburn, spacewalk first for Barron, and spacewalk 13th on the space station this year.
Astronauts arrive for a six-month science mission aboard the ISS on November 11 on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission aboard Crew Dragon Endurance.