Italian astronaut recounts near-drowning during spacewalk
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (REUTERS) - As his helmet filled with water, blurring his vision and cutting off radio communications, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano says his thoughts quickly turned to the possibility of drowning during a recent spacewalk outside the International Space Station.
Mr Parmitano gave a blow-by-blow account of the terrifying incident, which occurred on July 16, in a blog published this week.
"I can't even be sure that the next time I breathe I will fill my lungs with air and not liquid," Mr Parmitano wrote on the European Space Agency's website.
"It's vital that I get inside as quickly as possible... but how much time do I have? It's impossible to know," he wrote.