The commander of the International Space Station said on Monday that losing a mirror during an otherwise successful spacewalk last week was “a real wound.”
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy said he did not know how the small mirror on the left sleeve fell off. He pointed out that the strap of the mirror is very tight. When he left the airlock on Friday, the strap of the mirror may have been tied with a metal rope.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Cassidy said: “I just glanced and found that the reflected thing disappeared in the dark, and that was the last thing I saw.”
He will use spare parts for the spacewalk on Wednesday. This is the second part he and NASA astronaut Bob Behnken will use to replace the old battery.
Spacewalking astronauts wear a mirror on each sleeve to view the display on their chest control panel.
At the same time, five crew members are closely watching the pandemic news on the planet. The virus is hitting Houston, which is home to NASA astronauts and the Johnson Space Center, which is particularly serious. Florida also responded to the surge in cases. That’s where the Kennedy Space Center is located.
“Here, our daily work does not require very strict measures-there are no measures at all. We just spend time,” Cassidy said. “But we will definitely be worried.”
Cassidy and two Russians who launched with him from Kazakhstan undertook a six-month mission, which took 2.5 months. A month ago, Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived via SpaceX; their August landing plan will be the first NASA staff in 45 years. This is SpaceX’s first astronaut flight.
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