Water Leak in Luca Parmitano’s Helmet Brings Early End to Spacewalk [Video]

spacewalk aborted due to water leak helmetI received scary news today while at camp. An article texted to me from my mom said read this ASAP and then she texted to basic details. While on his second spacewalk today Astronaut Luca Parmitano felt water in his helmet and reported it’s a lot of water.

Apparently a leak of some sort had occurred and the water which in gravity floats in droplets started to get in his eyes, his nose, his mouth. It even caused issues with his communication system. NASA chose to end the spacewalk early and both Luca and Chris Cassidy re-entered the ISS. Thankfully Luca is ok. To read more about what happened and possible causes you can read this article by Fox News here and this article by The Guardian (UK) here. These two articles are the best I have found so far with information about what happened. Watch the video below to see Luca reporting the problem and NASA ending the spacewalk.

Just hearing this news caused my heart to sink deep into my chest and brought me anxiety, fear and great worry. And I heard after it had happened and I knew Luca was ok. I am so thankful that he is ok.

 

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