Spacewalking astronauts struck cable difficulty when Trying to make home improvements 260 miles upward

Spacewalking astronauts struck cable difficulty Wednesday while still trying to make improvements to the International Space Station’s European laboratory.

One of those two laboratory updates was completely profitable.

NASA’s Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover set up a new antenna on Columbus, among three high tech labs in the orbiting outpost. It took a couple of attempts by scientists from Europe to receive it turned on correctly. No longer wanted, the boxy antenna pay has been thrown overboard.

According to the laboratory, Glover couldn’t hook up all of the data and power wires on a science study stage that has been awaiting activation for nearly a year. He was able to hook up four to six wires. They checked out nicely with electricity flowing, allowing partial utilization of this platform.

But straps on two wires wouldn’t shut all of the way, and people needed to be restricted. Engineers will attempt to think of a work-around to get a upcoming spacewalk, therefore the whole platform can experiments.

SpaceX delivered the stage called Bartolomeo into the space station . The shelf was set up using all the station’s robot arm, however, needed to wait till Wednesday’s spacewalk to get hooked up.

Airbus, which built and runs Bartolomeo, will be seeking to sell space to the stage for personal research projects. It is Europe’s first business venture beyond the station.

Danish astronaut Andreas Morgensen directed the spacewalkers from Mission Control at Houston, where controls wore masks and were seated apart due to the pandemic.

Hopkins and Glover will carry out another spacewalk on Monday to finish battery updates to the station’s solar energy grid.

They’re a part of SpaceX’s next astronaut flight which started in November. Their docked Dragon capsule was first observable on NASA TV during the spacewalk.