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ISS spacewalk is completed by NASA astronauts

Key Takeaway:

  • Two NASA astronauts have finished the 13th spacewalk at the International Space Station this year, the agency said, days after postponing the event over a debris risk.
  • On Thursday, Astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron headed outside the space laboratory, replacing a faulty antenna and restoring its capability.

Two NASA astronauts have finished the 13th spacewalk at the International Space Station this year, the agency said, days after postponing the event over a debris risk.

On Thursday, Astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron headed outside the space laboratory, replacing a faulty antenna and restoring its capability.

“It was awesome!” According to a tweet NASA posted, Barron said after completing her first spacewalk.

The US agency stated that the duo “did some get-ahead tasks for future spacewalks,” adding that the astronauts were back at the station after 6 hours and 32 minutes.

On Tuesday, the spacewalk was postponed after NASA received a “debris notification” for the orbital outpost.

In a statement, the agency said Houston experts assessed a new risk from orbital rocket debris that may pass near the ISS.

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

NASA footage showed Marshburn catching a ride on the robotic arm to move around the ISS before getting to work on the antenna.

The spacewalk was the 5th for the astronaut, a doctor who flew aboard a Space Shuttle in 2009 and a Russian Soyuz spacecraft mission from 2012-13.

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Barron, chosen for the NASA astronaut corps, previously worked as a submarine officer for the US Navy.

The duo arrived at the ISS on November 11 aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endurance with NASA’s Crew-3 mission for a 6-month stay.

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

They said it had hosted 249 people from 19 nations who had taken part in thousands of research projects during that period.

Source-CTV News

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