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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) On Tuesday, NASA aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station due to a dangerous water leak found in an astronaut’s helmet.

As a result of that leak, the fluid drenched the astronaut’s nose, eyes and mouth.

Additional reports indicate that the leak was so bad that Luca Parmitano, Italy’s first and the perspective space walker, was not able to hear or speak. The spacewalk was immediately aborted.

As NASA investigators looked for a cause of the leak, they were able to find that that a possible culprit was the helmet drink bag that astronauts sip from during spacewalks.

The spacewalk that Parmitano was to take was planned for six hours; Parmitano’s abbreviated spacewalk marked second shortest spacewalk in history with the shortest lasting only 14 minutes; that particular spacewalk was back in 2004 during astronaut Mike Fincke had noted a pressurization problem in his oxygen tank.

Click here to view related video below of a spacewalk by a NASA astronaut:

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