Dramatic minutes outside the International Space Station: The helmet of an astronaut fills with water and running in eyes and nose, he needs to be rescued by a colleague
During a spacewalk at the International Space Station has been running water in the helmet of an astronaut on Tuesday. The water ran the Italian Luca Parmitano during use in the eyes, mouth and nose, but his American colleague could bring him back safely back to the ISS, as the U.S. space agency NASA announced. “He looks miserable., But he’s ok,” the U.S. Astronaut Christopher Cassidy insured ground control. How it could come to the water leak was initially unclear.
Maybe the water came out of the bottle at the helm of the drink the astronauts during their hours of spacewalks. Parmitano explained but after his return to the ISS that the liquid did not taste to drinking water.
Nasa rarely cancels spacewalks at the ISS. But on Tuesday, the space agency had no choice. The Italians could choke on the floating water droplets, in the end he could neither hear nor speak. “There is a lot of water,” said Parmitano even before his Mitastronauten who had followed the drama of the space station, tore off his helmet after his return from the head.
The problems began a little over an hour after the start of the six-hour actually use, worked at the the wiring and routine maintenance work on the ISS were to be carried out.
Parmitano announced over the radio that he felt water on his mind, but first he thought it was because of the hard work for welding. His partner, however, Cassidy suspected water from the bottle of Italian. About half a liter had expired, he said.
Inside the ISS and the other four astronauts took the Italians, for it was only the second spacewalk together the helmet from his head, and dried it off with towels. Beach balls floated through the station, but Parmitano even looked in the images taken from NASA TV. “For him, the water apparently did not taste like our normal drinking water,” said Cassidy astronaut of NASA mission control on the ground. With a smile, the Italians hooked and said. “Just so you know, I’m alive, and these issues can also answer”
text NASA ISS praised the team for their quick response and ordered a radio date of flight with astronauts on doctors to avoid injury. Engineers of space organization investigated possible causes of the leak.
It was the fastest abort a spacewalk at the ISS since 2004, were re-ordered as Russian and American astronauts after only 14 minutes because of problems with the spacesuits back to the space station.
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