The Columbus Dispatch

Spacewalki­ng astronauts replace antenna after debris scare


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Spacewalki­ng astronauts replaced a broken antenna outside the Internatio­nal Space Station on Thursday after getting NASA’S all-clear for orbiting debris.

U.S. astronauts Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron were supposed to complete the job Tuesday, but NASA delayed the spacewalk because of potentiall­y threatenin­g space junk. NASA later determined the astronauts were safe to go out, despite a slightly increased risk of a punctured suit from satellite wreckage.

Russia destroyed an old satellite in a missile test nearly three weeks ago, sending pieces everywhere. NASA isn’t saying whether the object of concern was from that event.

During the first National Space Council meeting under Vice President Kamala Harris this week, top U.S. government officials joined her in condemning Russia’s extensive debris-scattering last month. More than 1,700 sizable pieces of the shattered satellite are being tracked.

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