NASA to Hold News Conference to Discuss Unsuccessful Spacewalk — UPDATE 4

NASA to Hold News Conference to Discuss Unsuccessful Spacewalk — UPDATE 4

UPDATE 4:  Just slipped to 5:45 pm ET (4:45 pm CT).

UPDATE 3:   The news conference will be at 5:30 pm ET (4:30 pm CT).  Watch on NASA TV.

UPDATE 2:   The EVA crew is now safely back inside the airlock.  This is the third longest spacewalk, per NASA, at 8 hours 17 minutes.  Time for the news conference still no-earlier-than 5:00 pm ET (4:00 pm CT).

UPDATE:  The time for the news conference has slipped to no earlier than 5:00 pm ET as NASA waits for the two EVA crewmembers to return to the airlock.

ORIGINAL STORY: NASA has scheduled a news conference for no-earlier-than 4:30 pm EDT today to discuss a spacewalk that is still ongoing at the International Space Station (ISS).   NASA astronaut Suni Williams and Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide were not able to replace a Main Bus Switching Unit because of difficulties in driving the bolts to secure the replacement unit.

Another spacewalk will be needed to complete that task.   The news conference presumably will be carried on NASA TV.  The six-and-a-half hour spacewalk has already reached 7 hours and 40 minutes as the two spacewalkers close up their work for now.

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