Astronaut recounts near-drowning on space walk

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano blogs about his near death by drowning, in his helmet, on a recent space walk.

…as I turn ‘upside-down’, two things happen: the Sun sets, and my ability to see – already compromised by the water – completely vanishes, making my eyes useless; but worse than that, the water covers my nose – a really awful sensation that I make worse by my vain attempts to move the water by shaking my head. By now, the upper part of the helmet is full of water and I can’t even be sure that the next time I breathe I will fill my lungs with air and not liquid.

Riveting.



  • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

    Wow. Thanks for sharing this!