NASA astronauts complete ISS spacewalk after debris alert – .

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The spacewalk, which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, was postponed after NASA received a “debris notification” for the orbital outpost.

Last month, Russia destroyed an old satellite in a missile test, sending parts everywhere. (Reuters)

Two NASA astronauts completed the 13th spacewalk on the International Space Station (ISS) this year, days after the event was postponed due to a risk of debris.

Astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron traveled outside the space lab on Thursday, replacing a faulty antenna and restoring capacity, the agency said.

“It was awesome! Barron said after completing his first spacewalk, according to a tweet released by NASA.

The duo also “carried out preparatory tasks for future spacewalks,” the US agency said, adding that the astronauts returned to the station after six hours and 32 minutes.

The spacewalk, which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, was postponed after NASA received a “debris notification” for the orbital outpost.

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In a subsequent statement, the agency said experts in Houston were assessing a new risk from orbital rocket debris that could pass near the ISS on Friday.

“Mission Control is working with NASA’s international partners to prepare for a possible debris avoidance maneuver,” they said.

NASA images showed Marshburn circling the robotic arm to move around the ISS before getting down to work on the antenna.

Decades of continuous human presence

The spacewalk was the fifth for the astronaut, a medic who flew aboard a space shuttle in 2009 and a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on a mission from 2012 to 2013.

Barron, who was selected for the NASA Astronaut Corps in 2017, previously served as an underwater warfare officer for the US Navy.

The couple arrived at the ISS on November 11 aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endurance with NASA’s Crew-3 mission for a six-month stay.

READ MORE: SpaceX brings ISS astronauts back to Earth after 200-day flight

The ISS marked 21 years of continuous human presence this month, NASA said on its website.

During that period, they said, it had hosted 249 people from 19 countries who had participated in thousands of research projects.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies



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