Equipment water leak stalls spacewalk by 2 US astronauts

Tomas Mccoy
May 13, 2017

Two American astronauts on Friday carried out the 200th spacewalk at the International Space Station (ISS) despite an early equipment glitch that had delayed and shortened the mission.

The NASA astronaut duo is embarking on a 6.5 hour EVA to replace an avionics box, install a shield on Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 and rig a new high-definition camera and pair of wireless antennas.

Fischer rode the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm, driven by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet from inside the station, to help maneuver the bulky spare box that Orbital ATK's Cygnus supply spacecraft delivered to the station last month.

The leaky hose had to be disconnected before the spacewalk could begin.

A historic spacewalk outside of the International Space Station (ISS) included a Colorado Native and Air Force Academy graduate.

Whitson and Fischer's walk in space marks the 200th spacewalk on the International Space Station.

As a result, NASA made a decision to trim the spacewalk down to four hours, which left time for just one task, said mission commentator Rob Navias.

The sharing of the equipment will affect their battery power, and the spacewalk was now expected to last about four hours.

Whitson, 57, broke the record for most cumulative time in space by an American astronaut in April of this year. This marked Fischer's first spacewalk, and he could be heard on NASA's live stream soaking in Earth's beauty from 250 miles above the planet. NASA TV coverage begins at 5:30 AM CDT. Fischer's suit itself is perfectly fine, ' said Navias. The hose is one of two that provide water, oxygen, power, cooling and communications for astronauts before they float outside. That prompted the USA space agency to shorten the outing and assign the astronauts just one task.

The spacewalkers "breezed through" and mananged to get to all of the major tasks originally planned for the spacewalk, despite the wrinkles at the beginning and limited time available, an announcement at Johnson Space Center in Houston said.

The first spacewalk at the ISS was done December 7, 1988 by astronauts Jerry Ross and Jim Newman. This will be her ninth. NASA is especially wary of leaks involving spacesuits.

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