Astronaut Reports Water In Helmet After Spacewalk

By  //  February 25, 2015

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no report of water during the spacewalk itself

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Spacewalker Terry Virts, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov are in the Quest airlock checking out the spacesuit helmet reported to have a small amount of water in it. (NASA TV image)

Virts Reports Small Amount of Water In Helmet

NASA astronauts Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts ended their spacewalk at 1:34 p.m. EST with the repressurization of the Quest airlock.

Wilmore and Virts completed all the scheduled tasks for today.

Spacewalker Terry Virts reported seeing a small amount of water floating free in his helmet during airlock repressurization at the conclusion of Wednesday’s spacewalk.

There was no report of water during the spacewalk itself, and the crew was never in any danger.

After removing the helmet, Expedition 42 crew member Samantha Cristoforetti reported on the free floating water inside the helmet and indicated the helmet absorption pad was damp.

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Astronaut Terry Virts was wearing spacesuit #3005, which experienced a similar issue after a spacewalk in December 2013. (NASA image)

Ground teams are currently analyzing the situation to confirm the source of the water.

Virts was wearing spacesuit #3005, which experienced a similar issue after a spacewalk in December 2013.

The teams will carefully evaluate the spacesuit data and perform a detailed assessment prior to the next spacewalk.

Virts and fellow spacewalker Barry Wilmore are scheduled to perform their third and final spacewalk on Sunday, March 1.

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