Unfortunately, space debris trapped in the Earth’s orbit doesn’t represent anything new. Experts are even concerned about the huge amount of junk revolving around our planet and belonging to damaged and broken space gear. But NASA has now delayed its plans of a spacewalk outside the International Space Station due to the threat of space debris that nobody knows where it’s coming from, according to The Verge.
It may not be a coincidence that about two weeks ago, one of Russia’s satellites was blown up in orbit. That obviously led to many fragments floating above our atmosphere, and they can turn out to be dangerous for pretty much anything and anyone intersecting with their path.
Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron will have more to wait
Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron are the two NASA astronauts who had to engage in the spacewalk beyond the limits of the International Space Station (ISS). They had to replace an antenna this morning, but it seems they’ll have more time to wait. NASA personnel in mission control was there to stop the spacewalk on time.
The International Space Station released the following statement, as quoted by CBS News:
NASA received a debris notification for the space station. Due to the lack of opportunity to properly assess the risk it could pose to the astronauts, teams have decided to delay the Nov. 30 spacewalk until more information is available.
Mark Vande Hei, who’s one of the ISS astronauts, told flight controllers the following, as quoted by the same source:
It’s just real life, this is how things work out sometimes, and I’m really glad you fellows are looking out for our safety.
We’re eagerly looking forward to seeing what NASA will reveal next regarding the space debris and the spacewalk. Luckily, there’s no reason to believe at this point that anyone has been hurt.