The 200th spacewalk outside the International Space Station is pretty epic

Audrey Hill
May 13, 2017

Two US astronauts overcame an early equipment glitch to complete an abbreviated spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday, accomplishing all the major tasks initially planned for a longer excursion in four hours, NASA said.

During the spacewalk, NASA's Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer on Friday "successfully replaced a large avionics box that supplies electricity and data connections to the science experiments", the USA agency said in a statement.

They went straight to work removing a faulty unit that supplies electricity and data to science experiments on the outside of the space station.

The spacewalk officially began at 9:08 a.m. EDT.

An equipment water leak has stalled a spacewalk by two US astronauts at the International Space Station on Friday.

Whitson and Fischer's walk in space marks the 200th spacewalk on the International Space Station. As a result, NASA officials made a decision to limit the time spent outside the station to roughly four hours - only enough time to accomplish the primary objective.

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It's the ninth spacewalk for Whitson, who already holds the American record for most spacewalks by a female astronaut, and the first for Fischer.

Despite the delays, first time spacewalker Fischer seemed to enjoy the views. A small amount of water leaked from the connection point between an umbilical hose and Jack Fischer's suit. NASA TV coverage begins at 5:30 AM CDT.

With landing September 3, Whitson's total time in space over three missions will stand at 666 days, moving her up to eighth in the world, just behind Yurchikhin at No. 7 with 673 days in orbit and six other cosmonauts. That prompted the U.S. space agency to shorten the outing and assign the astronauts just one task. NASA is especially wary of leaks involving spacesuits.

NASA completed its first ISS spacewalk on December 7, 1998, just 17 days after the space station first launched.

Today, the $100 billion orbiting lab is roughly the size of a football field and a symbol of global cooperation among the 15 nations that have helped build and operate it.

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