Leak delays start of 200th spacewalk at International Space Station

It was discovered as the astronauts were seated in the airlock inside the space station, before they ventured into the vacuum of space.

An equipment water leak shortened Friday's spacewalk by two USA astronauts at the International Space Station, but they still managed to replace a faulty electronics box.

"Managers in mission control made a decision to shorten the spacewalk from the original six and a half hour plan, due to available battery power for the spacesuits", according to NASA.

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

As the spacewalk concluded, Whitson said it was "amazing" to have completed the station's 200th spacewalk. For now, they're sharing Whitson's hose.

As a result, NASA chose to trim the spacewalk down to four hours, which left time for just one task, said mission commentator Rob Navias. An equipment water leak has shortened the spacewalk. Live coverage of the milestone event will begin in the stream above at around 6.30AM ET, with the spacewalk itself scheduled to start 8AM and continue for six-and-a-half hours. The adaptor will enable companies like SpaceX and Boeing to visit the station, making it an important port for the future of space exploration.

'This is not the suit itself. "The crew 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.

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The plan is for the astronauts to take turns using the SCU, and alternate using battery power in their suits.

NASA succeeds in its historic spacewalk on Friday, although it all began with a micro-gravity curveball. The pair will replace the ExPRESS Carrier Avionics (ExPCA) with a fresh unit delivered last month by Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo spacecraft. The box supplies electricity to a variety of science experiments.

'It has been exhibiting some thermal issues of late, so it is being replaced, ' explained Navias.

This is the 9th spacewalk for the veteran Whitson, the most of any female USA astronaut, and for Fischer, it's the very first.

  • Essie Rivera