NASA Astronaut Loses Wrist Mirror During Works Outside ISS, Reports Say

Pablo Tucker
June 30, 2020

A spacewalking astronaut on Friday added a small mirror to the millions of pieces of junk orbiting the Earth, as he lost the small object from his space suit, while stepping out of the International Space Station.

Overall, Cassidy and his colleague Robert Behnken completed all planned work in its first joint spacewalk they replaced the battery in the solar station ISS.

Wrist mirrors are used by astronauts to read displays and examine places that are not fully visible due to the limited view in a spacesuit. The big, boxy batteries - more powerful and efficient than the old nickel-hydrogen batteries coming out - keep the station humming when it's on the night side of Earth. Once the six new lithium-ion batteries are installed, the station should be good for the rest of its operational life.

As the spacewalk ended, Cassidy thanked the cleaning staff at Mission Control in Houston, kept especially busy during "this insane, interesting time".

This unbelievable clip shows the astronaut dropping the object in real-time action.

There are more batteries that Benhken and Cassidy will plugin before the job is done. It is hard to work with since each battery is about a meter tall and wide, and weighs 400 pounds each. He will aboard the capsule, SpaceX Dragon. Behnken and Doug Hurley made history at the end of May with SpaceX's first astronaut launch.

Friday's spacewalk was the seventh for both astronauts. Each has spent more than 30 hours out in the vacuum of space.

"Bonus points will be awarded to designs that can capture vomit without requiring the crew member to put his/her head in the toilet", the NASA guidelines stated.

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