NASA’s Spacewalk Postponed Because Astronaut Got Sick
August 24, 2021
NASA announced that the spacewalk to be held today has been postponed due to the health problems of retired colonel Vande Hei, who has been on the International Space Station since April.
The International Space Station, placed in low Earth orbit, allows us to learn more about both our world and the universe we live in every day. The astronauts assigned to the station also contribute to the scientific world by agreeing to stay away from the world for long periods.
The astronauts’ job isn’t just inside the station, of course. Scientists step into outer space by putting on their clothes when there is something to be done outside of the ISS. The day that the astronauts currently on the ISS should step into space was August 24, today, but NASA decided to postpone this walk due to the health problems of one of the astronauts who will make the spacewalk.
The astronaut currently on board the ISS is Vande Hei, a retired army colonel. Hei’s task was to get the man out of the station and put on the necessary brackets, along with Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.
With as little as 24 hours left on the mission, NASA stated that the spacewalk was delayed due to Hei’s health problems. Expressing that the work outside the station could wait, the space agency said that there was no serious problem with Hei’s health problem, but hesitated to explain what caused the problem.