Two astronauts aborted their spacewalk outside of the International Space Station on Friday after water, presumably from the suit’s cooling system, leaked into NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra’s helmet.
“So far, I’m OK,” Kopra assured everyone. Later, he said the water bubble was 4 inches long and getting thicker.
“I’m doing good,” he repeated on his way back inside.
Lead flight director Royce Renfrew, who called an early end to the spacewalk, stressed that the situation was not an emergency and insisted neither spacewalker was in danger.
Fortunately the incident occurred after Kopra and Timothy Peake, Britain’s first astronaut, had successfully restored full power to the International Space Station (ISS). The pair removed a voltage regulator that failed two months ago, cutting the station’s power by one-eighth, and replaced it with a spare.