Russia’s area company has referred to as off one other spacewalk on the Worldwide Area Station as engineers examine why a Russian-built Soyuz spacecraft docked there started leaking coolant late Wednesday (Dec. 14).
Officers with Roscosmos, Russia’s area company, already postponed one spacewalk on Wednesday, when the Soyuz leak was detected as two cosmonauts had been getting ready to exit the station for a seven-hour tour. Now, a second spacewalk deliberate for Dec. 21 is now not within the playing cards.
“A Roscosmos spacewalk scheduled for Dec. 21 is indefinitely postponed because the workforce continues its investigation of the Soyuz spacecraft,” NASA officers wrote in a statement (opens in new tab) Thursday.
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A NASA spacewalk scheduled for Monday (Dec. 19) continues to be anticipated to go on as deliberate, NASA officers mentioned.
“The crew aboard station accomplished regular operations Thursday, together with taking part in science investigations and analysis, in addition to configuring instruments forward of a deliberate U.S. spacewalk on Monday, Dec. 19,” NASA officers wrote within the assertion. “Specialists are working by means of robotic plans forward of Monday’s spacewalk to finest optimize for upcoming station operations and the Soyuz inspection.”
The Soyuz spacecraft, referred to as Soyuz MS-22, skilled an uncontrolled coolant leak Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. EST (0045 GMT on Dec. 15) that lasted for a number of hours, forcing Roscosmos to call off a spacewalk by cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelinto that aimed to maneuver a radiator on the station’s Russian section.
The Soyuz spacecraft launched the 2 cosmonauts and NASA astronaut Frank Rubio to the station in September and serves as that crew’s lifeboat and return trip dwelling. It’s docked on the station’s Earth-facing Rassvet docking port.
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Late Wednesday, Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina on the area station used the outpost’s European Robotic Arm to examine the stricken Soyuz capsule. NASA engineers plan to do the identical utilizing the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm. Roscosmos officers have reported spotting some damage on the Soyuz capsule after the leak.
It’s unclear if the spacecraft can nonetheless be used to fly Petelinto, Prokopyev and Rubio to Earth once they’re resulting from return in early 2023. Not one of the area station’s crew had been in any hazard in the course of the leak itself, NASA has mentioned.
“Roscosmos is intently monitoring Soyuz spacecraft temperatures, which stay inside acceptable limits,” NASA officers wrote within the Thursday replace. “NASA and Roscosmos proceed to coordinate exterior imagery and inspection plans to help in evaluating the exterior leak location.”
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