NASA has called plans for a spacewalk outside the International Space Station this week due a clinical issue with one of the space explorers because of join the journey, organization authorities said Monday (Aug. 23).
A “minor medical issue” including NASA space explorer Mark Vande Hei is the justification the spacewalk’s postponement, the U.S. space organization wrote in an update. Vande Hei and crewmate Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) were scheduled to wander outside the station on Tuesday (Aug. 24) to set up the circling lab for another sunlight based exhibit.
“This issue is not a medical emergency,” NASA officials wrote in the update. “The spacewalk is not time-sensitive and crew members are continuing to move forward with other station work and activities.”
NASA teams are presently attempting to decide when to reschedule the spacewalk in the midst of an active time for the space station. A SpaceX Cargo Dragon rocket is right now set to dispatch the CRS-23 resupply mission to the station for NASA on Saturday (Aug. 28). Russia, in the interim, is intending to send cosmonauts out on a progression of spacewalks starting one week from now to finish establishment work on the station’s freshest Russian module, called Nauka, which docked at the station recently.
During the arranged spacewalk, Vandei Hei and Hoshide were to introduce an adjustment pack on the port side of the space station’s spine like principle bracket. The pack will permit the establishment of another kind of sunlight based wing, called the International Space Station Roll-Out Solar Array, to reinforce the station’s force lattice. The new cluster will be the third of six new sun based wings to update the station’s force framework.
That sunlight based exhibit prep work, alongside different errands, will presently need to delay until a new spacewalk not really settled, NASA officials said.