Spacewalk

  • Italian astronaut recounts near-drowning during spacewalk August 23, 2013

    As his helmet filled with water, blurring his vision and cutting off radio communications, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano says his thoughts quickly turned to the possibility of drowning during a recent spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Parmitano gave a blow-by-blow account of the terrifying incident, which occurred on July 16,...
  • Sunita Williams breaks record in 6th spacewalk September 6, 2012

    Houston: Indian-American NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and her Japanese counterpart Akihiko Hoshide have successfully restored power to the International Space Station on their second attempt. With this spacewalk, Williams surpassed Peggy Whitson's record during Wednesday's excursion for total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut. Whitson worked outside for 39 hours...
  • Sunita Williams undertakes her 5th spacewalk August 30, 2012

    Houston: Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams and her Japanese colleague on board the International Space Station on Thursday ventured outside the lab to perform maintenance tasks of their home in orbit. NASA astronaut Williams and Japanese flight engineer Akihiko Hoshide aim to replace a faulty power-switching unit and a failing robotic arm...
  • Atlantis astronauts finish first spacewalk November 20, 2009

    Cape Canaveral (Florida): A pair of spacewalking astronauts, one of them a surgeon, hustled through antenna and cable work outside the and even managed to do an extra chore. Atlantis crewmen Michael Foreman and Dr Robert Satcher Jr had a spare antenna installed in just two hours after venturing out...
  • NASA cuts ISS spacewalk due to spacesuit trouble July 23, 2009

    Washington: Problems with a spacesuit has caused NASA to cut short a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Problems with a system that removes carbon dioxide from the air in astronaut Chris Cassidy's spacesuit caused mission control to end the spacewalk at 2031 GMT on Wednesday after five hours and 59...
  • Astronauts go on 2nd spacewalk at space station March 22, 2009

    Cape Canaveral: Astronauts took another spacewalk at the international space station on Saturday, this time to lighten the workload for future crews. Steven Swanson and Joseph Acaba floated outside early in the afternoon, as the station-shuttle complex soared 220 miles (354 kilometers) above the South Pacific. They promptly made their way...
  • Discovery crew set for 4th spacewalk December 18, 2006

    Washington: Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams and her nine companions spent a quiet Sunday at her new home in space preparing for a fourth space-walk to try once more to retract a sticky solar array. It is a relatively quiet day up there at the International Space Station, Mission operations representative Phil...
  • Discovery astronauts finish spacewalk December 13, 2006

    New Delhi: Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery took their first spacewalk on Tuesday and successfully managed to install the sixth of 11 segments in the International Space Station (ISS). The astronauts aim to rewire the station to allow the addition of more solar power arrays. American Robert Curbeam and Swede...
  • It's smooth sailing for NASA's Atlantis September 15, 2006

    Houston: Space shuttle Atlantis astronauts have been so productive that they have only one more item to complete from their original space walk to-do list. The pair who did the first spacewalk on Tuesday, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Joe Tanner, embarked on the third and final excursion at 0600 EDT, after minor...