Equipment water leak stalls spacewalk by 2 US astronauts

Equipment water leak stalls spacewalk by 2 US astronauts

'Ginormous fondue pot, bubbling over with piping hot awesomesauce, ' said American astronaut Jack Fischer, as he embarked on his first-ever spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday.

The comments by Fischer, 43, were carried live on NASA television as he and his colleague Peggy Whitson, 57, made the 200th spacewalk to build and maintain the orbiting outpost.

"Lot of curveballs this morning", NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren radioed to the crew from Mission Control in Houston.

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. An equipment water leak has shortened the spacewalk.

The official start time, 9:08 am (1308 GMT), was about two hours after it was supposed to begin, according to NASA.

The umbilical hose is one of two responsible for providing water, oxygen, cooling, communication, and power among others.

During earlier preparations, a small amount of water leaked from the connection point between an umbilical hose and Fischer's suit. Whitson spent 4 hours and 15 minutes outside the space station, while Fischer spent 4 hours and 13 minutes in space.

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"This is not the suit itself". Fischer's suit itself is perfectly fine, ' said Navias.

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NASA succeeds in its historic spacewalk on Friday, although it all began with a micro-gravity curveball.

The main job was to replace what is known as the ExPRESS Carrier Avionics, or ExPCA, box.

'It has been exhibiting some thermal issues of late, so it is being replaced, ' explained Navias. Whitson, who was making the ninth spacewalk of her career, could often be heard chuckling at Fischer's exclamations.

The spacewalk had been scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), the USA space agency said. With coverage starting at 6.30 a.m. The tank ran out of fuel after three minutes, and White had to pull himself back to the capsule by his tether. NASA is especially wary of leaks involving spacesuits. Jerry Ross and Jim Newman attached the first two components to the station, the Russian Zarya module and the U.S. Unity module.

"Oh my gosh, this is attractive", Fischer said as he worked 250 miles above the planet.

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