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Two NASA astronauts ventured out Wednesday on a second all-female spacewalk to finish upgrades to the International Space Station's power grid, but quickly ran into a helmet problem.
It was the second pairing of Jessica Meir and Christina Koch outside the orbiting lab. Last October, they teamed up for the world's first spacewalk by two women.
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The women were barely a half-hour into their latest spacewalk when Koch's helmet camera and lights came loose. Meir tried to get the camera and light attachment back onto Koch's helmet, but could not get it into the proper grooves.
Mission Control advised the women to remove the hood-like camera and light assembly, rather than waste any more time trying to attach it. The astronauts asked if the spacewalk would continue, given the lack of lighting for Koch.
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"Good question and, yes, we will continue and we'll try to keep you two together as much as possible," Mission Control replied. The astronauts were relieved at the news. "Great. Perfect," they radioed.
"Just be careful," Mission Control urged Koch. "You're missing that additional protection."
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The helmet trouble put the spacewalkers behind in their work to replace old batteries outside the space station.
NASA is in the midst of replacing decades-old nickel-hydrogen batteries outside the...
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