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Photo-iss036e037243
International Space Station Imagery
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy
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ISS036-E-037243 (27 Aug. 2013) --- NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, Expedition 36 flight engineer, works with an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. Cassidy is performing a checkout of the spacesuit worn by European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano during a July 16 spacewalk that was cut short when its helmet began to fill with water. After assembling and powering up the empty suit as if it were about to go out on another spacewalk, Cassidy and Parmitano (out of frame) observed water once again leaking into the helmet. With the issue reproduced, NASA now has a baseline configuration for the crew to begin swapping out parts for additional tests to pinpoint the problem. There are also opportunities to either launch replacement parts on upcoming cargo flights or return parts to Earth for further study once more is known about the cause of the issue.

Curator: JSC PAO Web Team | Responsible NASA Official: Amiko Kauderer | Updated: 09/03/2013
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