Briton Tim Peake's historic ISS spacewalk is cut short

Briton Tim Peake's historic ISS spacewalk is cut short
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Tim Peake has become the first astronaut representing Britain to walk in space. But the ex-army major’s trip outside the International Space Station

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Tim Peake has become the first astronaut representing Britain to walk in space.

But the ex-army major’s trip outside the International Space Station on Friday was cut short after his NASA crewmate, American Tim Kopra, reported a possible leak in his helmet.

“The crew is not in any danger whatsoever,” mission commentator Rob Navias said in a live broadcast of the spacewalk on NASA TV.

Ending the spacewalk two hours early was a precaution, Navias added.

Luckily, the intrepid pair had already completed their main task – replacing a failed voltage regulator in the station’s power system – when Kopra reported a water bubble had formed in his helmet.

As a precaution, #spacewalk terminated due to small amount of water in @Astro_Tim's helmet. https://t.co/KX5g7zfYQehttps://t.co/6sRiiiLFPo

— NASA (@NASA) 15 Janvier 2016

The duo were scheduled to spend more than six hours outside the station, a $100 billion research laboratory that flies about 400 km above Earth, on other maintenance chores.

That work will be rescheduled, Navias said.

Today's #spacewalk has ended early. The crew was never in any danger. Listen to the NASA TV commentator for details. https://t.co/TomSPQvunr

— NASA (@NASA) 15 Janvier 2016

Peake, 43, blasted off to the ISS as part of a six-month mission for the European Space Agency in December, becoming the first Briton in space since Helen Sharman travelled on a Soviet spacecraft for eight days in 1991, and the first to do so under a British flag.

His mission has attracted widespread attention in the UK, with the spacewalk beamed live on news channels.

Tinkering with the Station’s Flux Capacitor today…alright – it’s really a Combustion Facility but nearly as cool pic.twitter.com/5DVO4OfcCl

— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) 31 Décembre 2015

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