Astronaut suit experiences gas leak while spacewalking

There is nothing routine about a spacewalk. Every time someone adventures out of the safety of the space station they are risking their lives in an environment humans are not able to survive.

Yesterday, Astronaut Chris Cassidy was on his first spacewalk when a "lithium hydroxide CO2 scrubber broke [causing] lethal gas to build up to dangerous levels. Lithium hydroxide is a corrosive alkali hydroxide, a white hygroscopic crystalline material that is used in filters to purify air. Cassidy didn't notice any apparent effect, but the spacewalk came to a sudden ending after Houston noticed that things weren't right at all inside his suit."

Because of dedicated efforts and constant monitoring NASA was able to avoid a serious situation. While the astronauts always seem to get the praise for risking their life there is a crew of hundreds who help make the journey as safe as possible with constant monitoring.

Fortunately Chris was able to safely return to the space station at which point he said "I'm just going to sit here and wait for Dave and enjoy the view." After being close to death and not even knowing it is safe to say that enjoying the view is well deserved.

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Did anybody else read this headline and mental picture on that scene from the movie "Rocket Man" where Harland Williams' character farts in the spacesuit that was sharing an airline with William Sadler's? Might just be one of the single funniest "toilet humor" scenes in movie history.

I have to agree, this story is completely irrelevant. I remember the story that Neowin felt they had to report when someone released a music album and it was big news.

Maybe the team are losing focus on what the site is about. Either that or the news must be really sloooow.

What's more irrelevant are the comments that are made.

This article has been turned into a spawning point for irrelevant comments. We're talking about motorcycle safety here, for some reason. Whatever, it's slowwwww today.

And that comment got removed, btw (the quote). Moderators need to remove the quote. (or they could leave it up there, I'm all for not censuring it).

oh. i thought it was "gas" of the smelly kind.. i imagined him blue in the face smelling his own "gas" on that confined suit.. oh well.. it is indeed a slooow day.

Having your scrubber go south and CO2 build up a little does not equate to a "gas leak". All that happened is that Chris' CO2 level hit the redline so he had to come back in early. Not a big problem.

You're actually NOT free to reply to any comment. The moderators can take your comment down for trolling/insults/flaming, etc. So there is censorship, it's not an open forum.

But, as long as you stay composed with your comments, you'll be good. I think my comment will pass

This is a technology website also, ya know. I don't see this story being pinned in the front page but to say it's irrelevant it's completely ignorant.

It's good and interesting to know that these things happen and what it's done to handle them. Did the astronaut have to die for the story to be interesting and relevant?

bah

LynxMukka said,
The NASA website is always there for your space news needs. kkthxbai

Hmm... the title says it all. Neowin is completely different than other sites that's why we like it. See the slogan say's it all : "Where unprofessional journalism looks better"

Oh the drama... I ride a motorbike, and am well aware I take my life in my hands every day I ride it. I am reliant on other motorists making an effort looking out for me. In an accident, whoever is at fault, it will be me who ends up in the hospital or morgue. Am I deemed to be a hero? No!

These guys are paid good money, and there would be a line a mile long to take their place (especially now, with the high U.S. unemployment).

Oh the drama!

boho said,
Oh the drama... I ride a motorbike, and am well aware I take my life in my hands every day I ride it. I am reliant on other motorists making an effort looking out for me. In an accident, whoever is at fault, it will be me who ends up in the hospital or morgue. Am I deemed to be a hero? No!

These guys are paid good money, and there would be a line a mile long to take their place (especially now, with the high U.S. unemployment).


Oh the drama!

What frontiers have you been exploring on your motorbike recently..

Look, I understand what you're getting at here, but you're the one creating all the drama. Fact is, if we can have people like astronauts, engineers, scientists, etc. being seen as "heroes", then I simply pray that children idolize these kinds of people and make something out of themselves.

It's a lot better than the media making a big deal out of Hollywood racists, drunks, and whores for all the public to see.

All in all, pick your battles.

There are too many normal people that can be spared on this world, so unless you're doing something special for the whole world, I'm afraid you won't end up on any first page.
I would never spare an astronaut as they are doing something for the mankind future, so I don't actually care how 'well paid' they are.

Also, I believe no one of them is doing it for the money.

Of course, if we were talking about a famous person that doesn't do anything to improve the world, then who cares.

paokun said,
Also, I believe no one of them is doing it for the money.

I could only see it that way myself. I would do it all for free just for a glimpse of what they get to see up there. Just utterly breath taking.... If there ever was a god, you are in his seat up there :P

I ride a motorcycle too. All of these car drivers don't even care about us, as you can see on this comment thread :(

But hey, at least it's fun while we're riding!

But idk about NASA, do we really need to explore, while in this financial "crisis"?

andrewbares said,
But idk about NASA, do we really need to explore, while in this financial "crisis"?

This is a scary thought, human progress should proceed regardless of the money spent for it. A better way of putting this would be 'why in such a period of crisis we don't stop wasting money spent on wars?'. Now, that's a real waste.

andrewbares said,
I ride a motorcycle too. All of these car drivers don't even care about us, as you can see on this comment thread :(

But hey, at least it's fun while we're riding!

But idk about NASA, do we really need to explore, while in this financial "crisis"?

Don't worry, all us car drivers are just tired of motorcyclists who seem to think that maneuverability means they can ignore traffic laws. Speeding, inability to use a turn signal in spite of constant passing, and the belief that they need to modify their bikes to be as loud as possible to prevent collisions.

Guess what. We see you! And we'd see you even better if it weren't true that the only time a motorcycles suddenly appears alongside us is when they're flooring it to pass on the left (or the right--again, laws need not apply to bikes, apparently).

While it may sometimes be true that accidents are the fault of car drivers not paying attention to their rear, it boggles the mind that motorcyclists refuse to accept any responsibility for their own driving habits. EVERY risk on the road is always the fault of four-wheels.

Joshie said,
Don't worry, all us car drivers are just tired of motorcyclists who seem to think that maneuverability means they can ignore traffic laws. Speeding, inability to use a turn signal in spite of constant passing, and the belief that they need to modify their bikes to be as loud as possible to prevent collisions.

Guess what. We see you! And we'd see you even better if it weren't true that the only time a motorcycles suddenly appears alongside us is when they're flooring it to pass on the left (or the right--again, laws need not apply to bikes, apparently).

While it may sometimes be true that accidents are the fault of car drivers not paying attention to their rear, it boggles the mind that motorcyclists refuse to accept any responsibility for their own driving habits. EVERY risk on the road is always the fault of four-wheels.


True. Lots of bikers are idiots. And I'm glad if they get in an accident because of it. Yet, they still don't learn.

I, on the other hand, ride responsably. I actually go the speed limit!!! And I'm super safe. My parents were all scared about me (a teenager) getting a bike, but I told them that the casualties are so high because of people doing wheelies down the highway. If you drive safely, then you'll be fine.

But, after all of that, people do cut off motorcycles. It's easier to miss a biker. I've been cut off before, but nothing major yet. But hey, I'm glad to hear that you see our bikes, and if you ever come to Arizona, drive safely around me!

And my bike has the default muffler. It's quite quiet. My dad's Harley, on the other hand...lol.

boho said,
Oh the drama... I ride a motorbike, and am well aware I take my life in my hands every day I ride it. I am reliant on other motorists making an effort looking out for me. In an accident, whoever is at fault, it will be me who ends up in the hospital or morgue. Am I deemed to be a hero? No!

These guys are paid good money, and there would be a line a mile long to take their place (especially now, with the high U.S. unemployment).


Oh the drama!


Thing is they go to space for the good of us all. Research, experiments and whatnot, they don't just go up there for the hell of it.

What have you been doing on your bike recently other than just annoying other road users ?

Si_ said,
Thing is they go to space for the good of us all. Research, experiments and whatnot, they don't just go up there for the hell of it.

What have you been doing on your bike recently other than just annoying other road users ?


Other than getting 60 MPG?? Yea, my bike gets better mileage than a Prius. And I don't drive like a dick either.

rob.derosa said,

What frontiers have you been exploring on your motorbike recently..

LOL yeah prob just to the shop and back, these people who do this kind of work are what in SPACE?? that's 10000000000000% more dangerous then riding a 50cc bike :P

andrewbares said,

True. Lots of bikers are idiots. And I'm glad if they get in an accident because of it. Yet, they still don't learn.

I, on the other hand, ride responsably. I actually go the speed limit!!! And I'm super safe. My parents were all scared about me (a teenager) getting a bike, but I told them that the casualties are so high because of people doing wheelies down the highway. If you drive safely, then you'll be fine.

But, after all of that, people do cut off motorcycles. It's easier to miss a biker. I've been cut off before, but nothing major yet. But hey, I'm glad to hear that you see our bikes, and if you ever come to Arizona, drive safely around me!

And my bike has the default muffler. It's quite quiet. My dad's Harley, on the other hand...lol.

if you drive safely you won't be fine, it just means you're doing your part to lower your odds of an unexpected incident - i (in my car) was hit by a truck the other day, through no fault of my own. ...glad i wasn't on a motorcycle, because my car was pretty freaking messed up. luckily i'm invincible, but not many people have that benefit.

in terms of evaluating the safety of a motorcycle, remember they are called "accidents" for a reason. it's not all about you and your decisions, there are other people on the roads too, equally capable of making mistakes, being distracted, losing concentration, etc.

just wanted to make that little mention. i've seen some pretty bad things happen to motorcyclists, and it's often not their fault.

boho said,
Oh the drama... I ride a motorbike, and am well aware I take my life in my hands every day I ride it. I am reliant on other motorists making an effort looking out for me. In an accident, whoever is at fault, it will be me who ends up in the hospital or morgue. Am I deemed to be a hero? No!

These guys are paid good money, and there would be a line a mile long to take their place (especially now, with the high U.S. unemployment).


Oh the drama!


Well, ok. You ride a motorcycle. So do I. I spend almost every day dodging people that text message and talk on their phones with the sole purpose of turning me into a mangled mess of road rash.
However, I thing the astronauts job is a bit more risky.
If you were properly trained..and I hope you were, you are thinking ahead of the car in front of you and acutely aware of your surroundings. Oh, and you shouldn't be listening to your ipod either... Its a bit distracting.
Anyway, their trianing helps them survive too and just like we rely on the paramedicas , EMT's, surgeons and nurses to pick us up and put us back together after a bad day on The Dragon, they (the astronauts) rely on a team of specialists to help keep them alive as well.
Lots of people ride motorcycles...only a few have what it takes to be an astronaut.

David

andrewbares said,
I ride a motorcycle too. All of these car drivers don't even care about us, as you can see on this comment thread :(

But hey, at least it's fun while we're riding!

But idk about NASA, do we really need to explore, while in this financial "crisis"?


It's, speaking relatively compared to other US departments, so cheap anyway. Yes, cheap. So cheap that the economic crisis wouldn't be noticeably affeceted if NASA fundings were cut (even further than it has already been).