A few weeks ago, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano
) almost drowned during a spacewalk when his helmet started uncontrollably filling with water, possibly from a leaky spacesuit cooling system
. (See previous MeFi discussion
on the incident.) A week later, his fellow ISS astronaut Chris Cassidy posted two videos
online showing the actual spacesuit and using it to illustrate the problem. All future US and European spacewalks have been halted
while the incident is being investigated, although the Russian ones are continuing
, as they use different suits. Yesterday, Luca published a scary new entry on his in-orbit blog
, where he not only gave all the horror-movie details, but also revealed that he nearly chose to depressurize his suit
outside the ISS in order to survive.
Over 500 people have traveled into outer space
. While many have written books about the experience
, only a few have used more creative means to express what they saw and felt. Here are a few: [more inside]
Ever wondered what life is like on the International Space Station? Wonder no more
. [more inside]
Wants to be a Cosmonaut?
will battle to win a trip on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and a possible visit to the International Space Station (ISS).
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