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Last July ESA's Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano faced an unexpected and frightening situation during a spacewalk : water began to accumulate inside his helmet, forcing the end of his so called Extra- Vehicular Activity. In the end, Luca was safe once he was back inside the International Space Station.
This event showed again that there is no routine in space.
Since 1965 when Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first human to walk in open space many astronauts have experienced spacewalks and all of them must be able to leave their spacecraft or their station and perform maintenance operations wearing a spacesuit because to go out into the vacuum is sometimes the only way to fix problems.
Learning to work in the void can be exhausting. But the training brings the astronauts closer to that most extraordinary dream: the chance to truly walk in space.
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Eutelsat 9A at 9 degrees E, transponder 59, downlink frequency 11900.1 horizontally polarised, symbol rate 27,500 FEC 2/3.