Water in Astronaut’s Helmet Cuts Spacewalk Short

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Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano performs routine maintenance on International Space Station. (NASA)

A spacewalk outside the International Space Station was cut off after water began pouring into astronaut Luca Parmitano’s helmet, NASA officials said Tuesday.

Parmitano, a European Space Agency astronaut who became Italy’s first spacewalker after his first foray on July 9, was little more than an hour into the spacewalk when he reported that his head felt “really wet” and that the feeling was increasing.

Roughly half a liter (about a pint) of water had leaked in, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy said as he peered into his spacewalk partner’s helmet.  The flight director, David Korth, told both Parmitano and Cassidy to return to the airlock.

Water had been getting into Parmitano’s eyes, and with all that liquid around his face, the astronaut ran the risk of choking.

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