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(Reuters) - an exit in the planned space on Tuesday to repair a defective antenna of the International Space Station (ISS) has been postponed Sine Die, announced the NASA, invoking a "Debris Notification" that it has received from the Space Research Laboratory.

Two American astronauts had to make a spatial station output at 12:10 GMT to start their work, a mission considered at risk slightly high by NASA officials because of the debris generated by a Russian anti-catellite missile test this month.

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"NASA has received debris notification for the space station. Due to the lack of possibilities to correctly assess the risk that this could represent for astronauts, the teams have decided to postpone the exit into the space of November 30 Until more information is available, "NASA announced on Twitter five hours before the start of the output.

The American space agency did not specify how debris had approached from the spatial station, orbit about 402 km above the land, nor if they were related to the Russian trial.

The objective of the output is to remove a defective radio communication antennas set, which now has more than 20 years, to replace it with a new outside of the spatial station.

Four astronauts reached the space station on November 11 aboard a Spacex dragon capsule launched from Cape Canaveral's Kennedy Space Center, Florida, to join two Russian astronauts and another from NASA aboard the front -job.

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Four days later, an anti-hellite missile test carried out without warning by Russia generated a field of debris that forced the seven people aboard the international space station to take refuge in their ships, according to NASA.

The cloud of residual debris caused by the explosion has since dispersed, according to Dana Weigel, Deputy Director of the Program of the International Space Station (ISS) at NASA.

But the US Space Agency believes that the remaining fragments continue to pose a "slightly high" background risk for the entire space station, and a higher 7% risk of perforation of astronaut combinations compared to before the Russian missile test, said Weigel Monday.

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