Two astronauts — including Britain’s first — abruptly ended their spacewalk by almost two hours Friday after water leaked into one of the men’s helmets, raising the real danger of a drowning in space.
Timothy Kopra, who reported a small water bubble followed by a film of water inside his helmet, and Timothy Peake moved quickly back into the space station’s airlock, which was repressurized to allow them to remove their suits.
NASA said the crew was never in danger and returned to the airlock “in an orderly fashion.” Kopra even took time to thank everyone for their help as the airlock was being repressurized.
“So far, I’m OK,” Kopra assured everyone after initially discovering the problem. Later, he said the water bubble was 4 inches long and getting thicker. “I’m doing good,” he repeated.