NASA aborts spacewalk due to water leak in helmet

NASA has aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA has aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut's helmet.

Italy's first spacewalker, Luca Parmitano, reported that he felt a lot of water on the back of his head barely an hour into Tuesday's spacewalk. The leak was so bad that he needed help from a fellow astronaut getting back into the safety of the space station.

Parmitano at first thought it was sweat because of all his exertion performing routine cable work. But he was repeatedly assured it was not sweat. His spacewalking partner, American Christopher Cassidy, said it might be water from his drink bag. Cassidy said it looks like a half-liter of water leaked out.

The water eventually got into Parmitano's eyes. That's when NASA ordered the two men back inside.

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Two space station astronauts are picking up where they left off last week outside their orbiting home.

American Christopher Cassidy and Italian Luca Parmitano ventured out of the International Space Station on Tuesday morning. It's their second spacewalk in just eight days.

The two will perform some more cable work and other maintenance chores 260 miles up. They'll also install equipment to make the 15-year-old space station more robust in case of future failures.

Parmitano, a former test pilot, became Italy's first spacewalker last Tuesday. He arrived at the space station 1½ months ago. Cassidy, a former Navy SEAL, is a longtime spacewalker. He's been on board since March.

The four other space station residents are monitoring the action from inside. They include one American and three Russians.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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