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ISS Astronauts had to cancel outdoor routine due to water in the helmet

Not a nice space walk weekend was the outdoor use of astronaut Tim Peake and Tim copra. Due to a faulty spacesuit. The men had to return earlier than planned in the protective international space station ISS.Six hours a defective solar unit at the were planned for outdoor use on last Friday, the ISS had to be replaced. US Astronaut Tim not quite probably felt apparently relatively early copra thing. According to NASA video, he initially reported that the carbon dioxide indicator was higher than usual. As it turned out this was due to a defective sensor in his spacesuit – otherwise first normal working in the field.

Copra noticed a drop of water in the helmet

But after about four and a half hours, copra registered even a drop of water in the helmet that was possibly from the cooling circuit in the suit. A leak so from home. NASA responded promptly and ordered to return to the space station: “safety first”, tweeted the American space agency, after the problem was reported her.

ISS Astronauts had to cancel outdoor routine due to water in the helmet
Not only the solar panels, but also in other places of the ISS astronaut Tim Peake and Tim Kopra had to carry out repairs. Photo: Nasa

For good reason. Ever had an ISS astronaut water in the helmet 2013. But more than a drop. What almost would have killed the Italian Luca Parmitano. About one and a half litres of water had accumulated at the time in his helmet, so he drowned almost in it.

This time it was not so dramatic, but once again the incident embodies the risk of a space walk. Scott Kelly had to survive a tricky situation in November 2015 with his colleague Kjell Lindgren. Lindgren’s glove was damaged by leaking ammonia.

ISS can use all solar modules again

The current field, the astronauts despite the aborted stay still completed the repair of the solar unit. And this means that the ISS again fully “electrified”.

ESA-Astronaut Tim Peake.
ESA-Astronaut Tim Peake.

In the past two months had to the crew on the ISS because of a defective regulator with one-eighth less energy content. What was not a problem. But did NASA as soon as 100-percent performance for the case that there is a further loss elsewhere again. And how quickly a technical defect can creep, shows more once the incident with the helmet.

ISS can use all solar modules again

In the past two months had to the crew on the ISS because of a defective regulator with one-eighth less energy content. What was not a problem. But did NASA as soon as 100-percent performance for the case that there is a further loss elsewhere again. And how quickly a technical defect can creep, shows more once the incident with the helmet.