Posted: March 29, 2018 8:00 pm Updated: March 29, 2018, 13:25
Two new arrivals on the International Space Station went for a walk on Thursday, less than a week after their arrival.
NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold quickly installed new radio antennas and removed leaky hose lines from a radiator.
But three hours after a planned 6 ½-hour spacewalk, NASA decided that men's time was due to a problem with Feustel's spacesuit. The material for the removal of his carbon dioxide was used up quickly, and the air traffic controllers did not want to leave him out too long.
The Space Walkers started with a camera replacement but did not have the time to finish it. NASA said the remaining work would be left for future spacewalks.
Officials emphasized that Feutel's latest suit question had nothing to do with the difficulties he had experienced earlier in the day. His suit failed three times after he put it on, but he skipped the fourth attempt. That brought the astronauts outside more than an hour late.
"You work harder today than at the gym," Mission Control said before the spacewalk had begun.
Feustel and Arnold fired from Kazakhstan last Wednesday and two days later reached the 250-mile outpost. They stay on board until August. Shuttle astronauts often spacewalking a few days after reaching orbit, given their short flights, but it is less common for station residents who spend five to six months at height.
A space station manager, Kenny Todd of NASA said earlier this week that both Feustel and Arnold were experienced spacewalkers from the old Space Shuttle days and were accustomed to a quick transition in orbit. But Todd warned that there is no routine on the spacewalk and is probably the most dangerous company when he orbits astronauts.
This was Feustel's seventh spacewalk and Arnold's third.
"Welcome to the vacuum of space … welcome back," said Mission Control.
The intense pace continues next week. SpaceX plans to bring a load of supplies to the station crew on Monday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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