NASA delayed a spacewalk today after among its astronauts struggled with a squeezed nerve while operating at the International Space Station.
Expedition 65 trip designer Mike Vande Hei of NASA was arranged to take a 6.5-hour spacewalk with Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Expedition Company (JAXA) today (Aug. 24), yet NASA cancelled the spacewalk with much less than 24 hr’ notification on Monday (Aug. 23), mentioning a “minor medical issue involving Vande Hei.”
“Many thanks for every person’s worry. I have actually a squeezed nerve in my neck that triggered us to reschedule today’s spacewalk,” Vande Hei tweeted today. “The assistance from household, good friends, and also NASA management has actually been great. I’m anticipating mounting this IROSA Mod package. Today simply had not been the appropriate day.”
Today’s prepared spacewalk was not time-sensitive, and also Vande Hei’s squeezed nerve was ruled out a clinical emergency situation, NASA authorities said in a statement. Vande Hei and also Hoshide were arranged to proceed recurring job to set up the International Space Station Roll-Out Solar Array, or iROSA, which will certainly assist boost the terminal’s power grid.
Pinched nerves can happen when stress in cells around a nerve interrupts its typical features, which can trigger discomfort in addition to sensations of prickling, pins and needles and also weak point, according to the Mayo Clinic. “With remainder and also various other conventional therapies, many people recoup from a squeezed nerve within a couple of days or weeks,” though sometimes individuals do need surgical procedure, the Mayo Facility included.
NASA has not yet revealed a brand-new day for the spacewalk, yet it will not take place till after a set of upcoming Russian spacewalks on Sept. 3 and also Sept. 9, and also the arrival of SpaceX’s Dragon freight spacecraft, presently arranged for Aug. 28, NASA authorities claimed.
Vande Hei got to the International Spaceport Station in April with cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and also Pyotr Dubrov, flying on Russia’s Soyuz MS-18 staff pill, and also he could spend up to a year at the orbiting lab prior to going back to Planet.
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