NASA needed to postpone a scheduled spacewalk to put in new photo voltaic arrays exterior the Worldwide Area Station after one among its astronauts complained of a pinched nerve in his neck.
“Thanks for everybody’s concern,” Mark Vande Hei, flight engineer for Expedition 65, tweeted yesterday. “I’ve a pinched nerve in my neck that brought on us to reschedule at the moment’s spacewalk. The help from household, associates, and NASA management has been improbable. I’m trying ahead to putting in this IROSA Mod package. Right now simply wasn’t the proper day.”
As soon as put in, iROSA, or Worldwide Area Station Roll-Out Photo voltaic Array, will increase the ISS’s energy grid and supply extra electrical energy for the “quite a few analysis and science investigations carried out day by day, in addition to the continued operations of the orbiting platform,” according to NASA.
Vande Hei, together with JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, have been scheduled to do the 6.5-hour spacewalk on August 24. NASA referred to as it off with lower than 24 hours discover, saying the postponement was on account of a “minor medical concern” that “was not a medical emergency,” per an company press release.
“A pinched nerve is a compressed nerve,” according to the Cleveland Clinic. “Surrounding tissues that press on nerve roots could cause ache, numbness and tingling in numerous areas of your physique.” Pinched nerves, on this case the cervical nerves, might be painful, however they have an inclination to go away with relaxation and might be handled with drugs and physiotherapy.
A Russian Soyuz MS-18 crew capsule delivered Vande Hei to the orbital outpost on April 9, 2021, and he’s anticipated to stay on the ISS for a whole yr. The NASA astronaut was initially scheduled for a six-month mission, however Russian plans to movie a film on board the station meant he misplaced his experience residence. The filming of this film, referred to as Vyzov (Problem in English), is already proving to be a distinct sort of ache within the neck.
NASA says the iROSA set up isn’t time delicate and that it’s now evaluating the following greatest alternative for the spacewalk. It received’t occur any time quickly on account of upcoming occasions, particularly the arrival of the SpaceX CRS-23 cargo mission, which is scheduled to launch on August 28, and two unrelated Russian spacewalks scheduled for September three and 9. Cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov will probably be organising the lately arrived Nauka module, which brought on all that hassle a couple of weeks in the past.
So on the earliest, NASA will do its spacewalk in mid-September. Vande Hei will hopefully be feeling higher by then.