Although Parmitano was not in immediate danger, flight director David Korth sent Parmitano back to the Quest airlock while Cassidy cleaned up the duo’s gear. As Parmitano headed inside, water began to pool around his eyes and ears, causing him to have difficulty seeing and hearing. Cassidy reentered the station next, and the airlock was repressurized.
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Spacesuit fit check
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg helps Chris Cassidy (left) and Luca Parmitano (right) perform a spacesuit fit verification prior to a planned July 9, 2013 spacewalk outside the International Space Station.
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Fyodor Yurchikhin were on hand to immediately remove Parmitano’s helmet and soak up the water with towels. The Italian spacewalker appeared to be in good spirits.