Equipment water leak shortens spacewalk by 2 US astronauts

Equipment water leak shortens spacewalk by 2 US astronauts

Equipment water leak shortens spacewalk by 2 US astronauts

After a short delay caused by a water leak during preparations, NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer crawled out of the International Space Station in their space suits for a historic walk beyond the edges of the world-the 200th spacewalk at the ISS. The fabric shield she and Fischer will be installing is a replacement for one that Whitson lost on a previous spacewalk. These include replacing a large avionics box that supplies electricity and data connections for various onboard science experiments, and installing a fabric shield created to protect against micrometeorites on one of the spacecraft's pressurized mating adapters.

Astronauts kicked off space station construction in orbit in 1998.

The spacewalk was briefly delayed after NASA discovered a water leak in equipment that helps power their spacesuits.

Watch the spacewalk live from NASA's website here.

This is far from Whitson's first (space) rodeo, as she now holds the record for most spacewalks performed by an American woman, but it's Fischer's first time. Peggy Whitson successfully completed her 9 spacewalk, the most of any female astronaut. Whitson, who was making the ninth spacewalk of her career, could often be heard chuckling at Fischer's exclamations.

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Would you go on a spacewalk?

The 1 spacewalk in support of construction, maintenance or fix of the space station happened in 1998, when the NASA still used space shuttles and the space station itself was like a tiny, New York City apartment compared to the expansive space mansion that it is today. Initially, White propelled himself to the end of the 8-meter tether and back to the spacecraft three times using the hand-held gun.

Friday's spacewalk will last 6 and a half hours and will be streamed here.

The first spacewalk ever conducted at the station was on December 7 that year. NASA is especially wary of leaks involving spacesuits.

Today, the $100 billion orbiting lab is roughly the size of a football field and a symbol of global cooperation among the 15 nations that have helped build and operate it.

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