Following the discovery on Wednesday that a piece of space debris was flying too closely to the orbiting laboratory to put the project in jeopardy, NASA attempted to attach a solar array to the International Space Station once more on Thursday morning.

At 8:19 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), astronauts Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio started a spacewalk with the goal of installing an iROSA, or International Space Station Roll-Out Solar Array, to increase power generation for the 4A power channel on the station’s port truss section.

About seven hours were anticipated to pass during the spacewalk. If additional work is required, the installation can be finished in a subsequent spacewalk.

In order to safely move the ISS away from the space debris, space agency authorities postponed Wednesday’s walk.

The space debris was found to be from a retired Russian Fregat upper-stage rocket, according to NASA. The astronauts and the space station were transported safely away from the possible accident site.

Last week, NASA said that a Russian spacewalk at the ISS had been postponed while they investigated a coolant leak they had discovered coming from the back of the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft that was parked to the station.


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