NASA Managers Brief Media on Spacewalk Leak


During a news conference carried live on NASA Television, NASA managers at Johnson Space Center discussed the water leak that occurred inside the helmet of European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano during the July 16 spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

Parmitano and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy were more than an hour into the spacewalk when Parmitano reported a buildup of water inside his helmet. Flight Director David Korth ended the spacewalk early at the 1-hour, 32-minute mark into the planned 6 1/2 hour excursion.

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  1. Of course they cover-up the UFO phenomenon, my point was if they did have a conference on UFO sightings they would have to answer some very difficult questions and I wonder if they could do it with the same analytical confidence as they exhibit in this conference regarding spacesuit failures. I would love to see it.

  2. I noted in Luca's blog that he was fitting into a smaller than regular space suit, could that extra 'pressure' of a tight fit that could have caused the problem..?

  3. Is space,yes it is full of water. That's how we get ours. Until you understand. Think about adsorption and the vacuum bubble we live in. Looking at it backwards is extreamly hard to do.

  4. it later was found out to be a cooling water leek most likely the water connector was disconnected or Luca tore his surgical tubing if both are disconnected water will leak into the suit another cause could be the neck water bladder which brings up water from the backpack to Luca's neck to keep his head cold when he is in the sun. Luca reported water on the back of his head only thing that rules that out is the neck water bladder if this is busted it needs to be replaced.

  5. First – congratulations to all for profesionalism and good ending.

    2 NASA public affairs: Please consider using "normal" metric units in public communications, so that most of the world can understand, what are you talking about. Especially now, that a member of ESA is on the ISS!

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