JAN 15, 2016 05:38 PM PST

Space Suit Failure Ends Friday's ISS Spacewalk Early

British astronaut Tim Peake went on his first spacewalk on Friday along with NASA’s Tim Kopra to repair a damaged electrical component that the International Space Station needed to continue powering critical components.
 
The main objective of replacing the failed electrical component appears to have been completed successfully, but the astronauts were also tasked with other objectives that they were unable to complete because the spacewalk had to be called off early – four hours and 43 minutes in.
 

Tim Peake takes a selfie in the midst of his spacewalk.


After Colonel Kopra's space suit seemed to be giving a high carbon dioxide reading, he asked for help, and the problem was blamed on a "faulty sensor." But after some time went by, it became clear that this wasn't the case.

Kopra’s space suit was discovered to have been malfunctioning just mintues later; the astronaut reported seeing a water globule a “few inches across” inside of his helmet, which appears to have been related to a leak in the space suit’s cooling system due to the temperature of the water.
 
After the discovery, the astronauts phoned home for advice, knowing that something was wrong. They were instructed to head back to the air lock and return to the International Space Station at once rather than continue carrying out their objectives.
 
Three others aboard the International Space Station: Scott Kelly, Sergey Volkov, and Yuri Malenchenko were available and ready to help Kopra as soon as he made it to the air lock and the hatches opened to the International Space Station.
 
Kelly noted that Kopra was wet all around his shoulders, arms, and wrists, suggesting that the fluid accumulation was a major problem with the space suit. As a result, Kelly also took photographs of Kopra in his suit and took samples of the water and some of the absorption pads out from inside of the space suit to be used as evidence to figure out what the failure was caused by.
 
Interestingly, Peake’s wrists are reported to have been slightly wet too, but nowhere near as wet as Kopra’s.
 

 
Fortunately, both astronauts are now safe aboard the International Space Station, but the dangers that were realized today continue to scare those that are against spacewalks.

Source: The Guardian

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUN 10, 2018
Space & Astronomy
JUN 10, 2018
NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds "Organic Compounds" and More on Mars
The possibility that life once existed on Mars is an idea that has captivated planetary scientists for decades. But new findings uncovered by NASA’s...
JUN 28, 2018
Microbiology
JUN 28, 2018
Stopping Bacterial Spores From Getting Into Space
Researchers want to stop the contamination of extraterrestrial environments by earthly bacteria....
JUL 10, 2018
Space & Astronomy
JUL 10, 2018
Israel Will Soon Put An Unmanned Spacecraft on the Lunar Surface
The Moon is familiar territory to NASA and to a handful of other space agencies from around the globe, but not so much to the private sector. On the other...
JUL 17, 2018
Videos
JUL 17, 2018
About That EM Drive Idea...
Traveling through space requires a lot of fuel, and this limitation defines just how far we can go. Physicists have been experimenting with the ‘impo...
AUG 08, 2018
Space & Astronomy
AUG 08, 2018
Here's Why NASA is Sending a Probe to the Sun
An upcoming NASA probe will fly closer to the Sun than any before it. Known as the Parker Solar Probe, this spacecraft will study the Sun and many of its q...
SEP 11, 2018
Space & Astronomy
SEP 11, 2018
Lunar Rock Samples Collected by the Apollo Astronauts May Not Tell the Moon's Entire Story
While some researchers study our planet to learn more about its history and formation, other researchers focus their efforts on alternative bodies in the s...
Loading Comments...