Yesterday’s spacewalk on ISS, though successful, was cut short because of spacesuit discomfort issues unrelated to the earlier water leak problems.


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Yesterday’s spacewalk on ISS, though successful, was cut short because of spacesuit discomfort issues unrelated to the earlier water leak problems.

No story on the spacewalk is entirely clear on the issues. Astronaut Rick Mastracchio was cold, but it seems he also had other problems that have not been outlined clearly. Interestingly he was not using the spacesuit that flooded in July. Michael Hopkins was using that suit and apparently had no problems.

In order to resize the spare suit on the station for Mastracchio they have delayed the next spacesuit for one day.

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  • Pzatchok

    I don’t blame the guy for cutting it short.

    Just try to stand for a solid 5.5 hours without ever moving. At all. Just wiggling your toes.

    Its hard. Add in a little cold and I would be out as soon as possible. Even knowing that 10 minutes after I’m able to move freely I would be fine and willing to go back for another hour or so. After a nice lunch though.

    Working in such a closed and confined area is the pits.

  • Orion314

    What shocks me the most is that these spacesuits were built in the late 70’s-early 80’s…It’s time for a 21st century spacesuit.
    Nasa’s pace of R&D on this item is glacial….

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