CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) An equipment water leak shortened Friday's spacewalk by two US astronauts at the International Space Station.
NASA Astronaut Jack Fischer appears to play air guitar during the International Space Station's 200th spacewalk. During preparations earlier in the morning, water leaked from the connection point between an umbilical hose and Fischer's suit.
The spacewalk is the 200th in support of station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998 on the US$100-billion laboratory that flies about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.
Fischer ended up sharing Whitson's spacesuit servicing system, which caused both to burn through their spacesuits' battery power faster than usual. But since Fischer's spacesuit was unaffected and fine, the historic spacewalk went on, although it had to be shortened from six hours to four.
During their time outside the station, Whitson and Fischer replaced an avionics box situated on the station's starboard 3 truss.
The problem delayed the start of what will be the 200th spacewalk in support of station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998 on the $100-billion United States laboratory that flies about 400 km above Earth.
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Running more than an hour behind schedule, U.S. EVA-42 began at 9:08 a.m. EDT (GMT-4). The adaptor will enable companies like SpaceX and Boeing to visit the station, making it an important port for the future of space exploration.
She holds the record for most spacewalks by a woman, and ranks fifth for the most hours spent in space by an astronaut, with 57 hours and 35 minutes. This will be her ninth.
Fischer has never spacewalked before.
After the first three minutes the fuel ran out and White maneuvered by twisting his body and pulling on the tether. NASA is especially wary of leaks involving spacesuits.
The first spacewalk at the ISS took place on December 7, 1998, and nearly two decades later, humanity continues to maintain our outpost in the heavens.
The first spacewalk ever conducted at the station was on December 7 that year.