Astronaut: Space walk postponed due to neck injury

A NASA astronaut says he was pulled out of a spacewalk this week due to a neck injury.

Cape Canaveral, Fla. – A NASA astronaut said Tuesday he pulled out of a space walk this week because of a neck injury.

NASA canceled Tuesday’s spacewalk on the International Space Station in less than 24 hours, citing “a minor medical problem” with Mark Vinde Hee, but did not elaborate.

The retired Army Colonel, 54, is one-third of the way through an expected year-round mission. He said he was grateful for all the concern and tweeted: “Today was not the right place” for a space walk.

NASA has said it will reschedule Vandehi’s tour – which will be done in conjunction with Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide – after a pair of SpaceX cargo deliveries and a Russian spacewalk. There is no immediate need for their outdoor work, which includes installing brackets for new solar panels next year.

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