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NASA shelves routine spacewalks for now due to leaky helmet

NASA shelves routine spacewalks for now due to leaky helmet

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NASA is suspending all but the most urgent spacewalks after water was found in an astronaut's helmet following a March excursion, agency officials said

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NASA will perform an assessment of its extravehicular mobility unit (EMU) spacesuits after water was found in the helmet worn by European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer

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This means that astronauts will not go outside and perform extravehicular activities (EVAs) unless there is a pressing need for repairs on the International Space Station.

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Given that the affected EMU won't return to Earth for analysis until July, non-urgent spacewalks will be off the table for several months at the least.

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"Until we understand better what the causal factors might have been during the last EVA with our EMU, we are no-go for nominal EVA," Dana Weigel, deputy station program manager at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, said

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This is the second time spacewalks have been suspended due to unexpected water leakage, although the last time in July 2013 was far more serious.

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