Space junk forces spacewalk delay, too risky for astronauts
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has called off a spacewalk because of menacing space junk.
Two U.S. astronauts were set to replace a bad antenna outside of the International Space Station on Tuesday. But late Monday night, Mission Control learned that a piece of orbiting debris might come dangerously close.
There wasn’t enough time to assess the threat, so station managers delayed the spacewalk until Thursday. This is the first time a spacewalk has been canceled because of threat from space junk.
The station and its crew of seven have been at increased risk from space junk since Russia destroyed a satellite in a missile test two weeks ago.