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Spacewalk Ends Early

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Tuesday Spacewalk Ended Early

A little more one hour into Tuesday's spacewalk, Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency reported water floating behind his head inside his helmet. The water was not an immediate health hazard for Parmitano, but Mission Control decided to end the spacewalk early.

Flight Director David Korth directed that both Chris Cassidy and Parmitano return to the Quest airlock and re-enter the station. Cassidy took care of clean-up procedures before returning to the airlock. The spacewalk officially began at 7:57 a.m. EDT, and ended at 9:39 a.m. when the airlock was repressurized, for a total duration of 1 hour, 32 minutes.

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Wow The News went wild on this ! NASA knows what there doing !

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Space Station Spacewalk Ended Early for Malfunction

Outside the International Space Station, a spacewalk by Expedition 36 Flight Engineers Chris Cassidy of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency was cut short July 16 after Parmitano reported a buildup of water in the helmet of his U.S. spacesuit. The spacewalk, which lasted only 1 hour and 32 minutes, was the second by the duo in as many weeks, designed to continue rigging cables for the future arrival of a Russian laboratory module and to conduct other maintenance work. The two spacewalkers completed only one task each before the excursion was ordered to end early. Parmitano was never in any danger and none of the tasks scheduled on the spacewalk were considered urgent or time-critical. It was the sixth spacewalk in Cassidy's career and the second for Parmitano.

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Station Crew Inspects Spacesuit After Shortened Spacewalk

The Expedition 36 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station were busy with a number of post-spacewalk activities Wednesday as they continued their work with a variety science experiments and maintenance duties.

Flight Engineers Chris Cassidy of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency ended their spacewalk at 9:29 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, only 1 hour, 32 minutes into the planned 6 1/2 hour venture after Parmitano reported a buildup of water inside his helmet.

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