NASA astronauts conduct first spacewalk of 2021
In this image taken from NASA video, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins works outside the International Space Stations European lab on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A pair of astronauts went spacewalking Wednesday to install a high-speed data link outside the International Space Station’s European lab. About four hours into their spacewalk the astronauts encountered an issue with some of the cables being installed to ESA’s science communication antenna. “This is issue is not unusual due to cable stiffness in space,” NASA said in a tweet. About five-and-a-half hours into the spacewalk the astronauts were ahead of schedule and began completing on other tasks before heading into the airlock.