NASA says the issue is caused from condensation from the cooling system inside Virts' suit, a condition engineers say they fully understand.
The astronauts just made the final cable connection and installed retro-reflectors as docking aids for commercial crew spaceships as they approach the International Space Station.
The spacewalkers finished their work ahead of time, and mission control is directing Virts and Wilmore to begin cleaning up their work site and head back to the airlock to wrap up today's excursion.
The astronauts will soon reunite to run four cables stretching 400 feet from the Destiny laboratory to the antenna sites out on the truss.
Virts is wearing a spacesuit with red stripes and is designated EV1. His helmet camera displays the number 20. Wilmore is wearing a spacesuit with no stripes and is designated EV2. His helmet camera displays the number 18. This is third spacewalk for Virts and the fourth for Wilmore.
Virts and Wilmore will install 400 feet of cable along the space station’s truss and other equipment associated with the Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2). The system will be used by crewed commercial spacecraft to rendezvous with the space station in the coming years.
She also says there was not a significant amount of water, but an absorption pad inside the helmet was moist.
The amount water in Virts's helmet is apparently not as severe as Parmitano's case, and the crew reports he is in no danger.
It's not yet clear how this problem could impact plans for another spacewalk scheduled for Sunday.
Wilmore has completed his third spacewalk, and Virts now has logged two EVAs in his career.
While Virts continues lubricating parts of the space station's robotic arm, mission control is sending Wilmore to begin configuring wire ties for the installation of another 400 feet of cable planned for another spacewalk Sunday. The cabling will run to an antenna to communicate with approaching and departing commercial crew capsules when the vehicles begin flying in 2017.
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will operate the robot arm from inside the space station to assist Virts.
Meanwhile, Wilmore is retrieving a socket from a toolbox, then he will go to the Tranquility module and remove a non-propulsive vent and hand rail to clear the way for the relocation of another module later this year.
He will also remove 16 launch locks from two of the Tranquility module's berthing ports, making the sites ready to receive the space station's relocated Pressurized Multipurpose Module and a new inflatable habitat built by Bigelow Aerospace.
Wilmore's helmet-mounted camera bears the No. 18. Virts has helmetcam No. 20.
Wednesday's excursion is set to begin at 1210 GMT (7:10 a.m. EST) and will focus on routing cables and lubricating a component of the lab's robot arm.
Wilmore will be designated EV-1 for Wednesday's spacewalk, wearing the spacesuit with red stripes. Virts will wear the all-white suit.
The spacewalk will officially start when the astronauts switch their spacesuits to internal battery power inside the Quest airlock.
After exiting the airlock, the spacewalkers will move to the forward end of the space station, where Pressurized Mating Adapter No. 2 is attached to the Harmony module. PMA-2 was the docking port used by visiting space shuttles until the orbiters were retired in 2011.
Wilmore and Virts will remove a cover from the PMA-2 docking port and store it in a bag, clearing the adapter for the attachment of a new docking mechanism designed to be compatible with new commercial crew spaceships being built by Boeing and SpaceX.
The next job will be running another set of cables along PMA-2 to prepare for the arrival of the new docking adapters, completing the tasks Wilmore and Virts started on Saturday's spacewalk.
Once the astronauts clean up their work site at PMA-2, attention turns to maintenance of the space station's robotic arm.
European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will be at the controls of the robot arm, and Virts will step into a foot restraint on a storage platform mounted next to the Quest airlock.
Virts will lubricate five different portions of the robot arm's latching end effector, the part that grabs on to modules, the space station's Dextre robotic handyman, and visiting Dragon, Cygnus and HTV supply ships.
Using a special tool resembling a "selfie stick" to reach blind spots -- plus a grease gun -- Virts will grease the end effector's latch ball screws, equalization brackets, deployment rollers, linear track bearings, and the rigidized central ball screw.
Wilmore will retrieve a socket from a toolbox and proceed to the space station's Tranquility module, where he will remove a valve and a hand rail to prepare for the planned relocation of the outpost's Permanent Multipurpose Module, or PMM, later this year.
He will also remove eight launch locks from the Tranquility module's unused forward and aft berthing ports, and open flaps to each port's window, to get the sites ready to receive the relocated PMM and an inflatable module built by Bigelow Aerospace due to launch to the station later this year.
Mission control will command petals to open on each berthing port, and Wilmore will visually verify the mechanisms work as designed.
If the spacewalkers run ahead of time, mission control could ask them to complete several "get-ahead" tasks, including the installation of wire ties on the space station's central truss segment, the removal of a faulty light fixture, reconfiguring a mobile tool cart, and adding a clamp on a hand rail on the Quest airlock to cover a sharp edge.
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Butch Wilmore and Terry Virts installed and routed eight cables for the International Space Station's new docking adapters due to arrive on SpaceX Dragon cargo ships later this year. The adapters will be used for dockings of astronauts aboard future Boeing and SpaceX crew vehicles.
The astronauts laid 340 feet of cable today, leaving two more cables to be installed on a spacewalk planned for Wednesday, before the spacewalkers move on to lubricating components on the space station's robotic arm.
Today's EVA was the first spacewalk for Virts, and the second for Wilmore, who now has 13 hours, 15 minutes of spacewalking time.
The spacewalk was the 185th EVA in support of space station assembly and maintenance, representing 1,159 hours and 8 minutes of time working outside the complex since December 1998.
Next up is the running of 364 feet of cables on the Destiny laboratory module, the Harmony module and the PMA-2 docking adapter.
Wilmore will initially focus on a cable running from Destiny across Harmony to PMA-2, while Virts will uncoil the cables just plugged in on the port side of Harmony.
Next up, they will remove a debris panel from the starboard side of Harmony to complete a similar series of tasks to the work just finished.
A docking port named Pressurized Mating Adapter No. 2, or PMA-2, is attached to the forward side of Harmony. Visiting space shuttles docked there when they delivered crews, supplies and modules to the complex.
One of two new Boeing-built docking adapters will be added to PMA-2 on another spacewalk this summer to prepare for the arrival of CST-100 and Dragon commercial crew ferry craft.
The astronauts are installing wire ties on handrails to prepare for routing the cables later in today's spacewalk, then they will remove a shield from the port side of Harmony to begin connecting the new wiring.
Wilmore is designed EV-1 for today's excursion, and he wears a spacesuit with red stripes. His helmet-mounted camera bears the No. 18. Virts is EV-2, wearing an all-white spacesuit with helmetcam No. 20.
The spacewalk marks the second EVA in Wilmore's career going outside the space station in October. It is Virts's first spacewalk.
Expedition 42 commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts plan to install more than 760 feet of power and data cables needed for new docking mechanisms that will be used by commercial crew ferry ships being built by Boeing and SpaceX. They also plan to install and hook up two sets of antennas, part of a new communications system that will be used by crews approaching and departing the lab complex.
The first spacewalk, originally planned for Friday, will slip to Saturday, starting around 7:10 a.m. EST (GMT-5) and the second outing will move one day to Wednesday. The third EVA remains on track for March 1 as originally planned pending additional review.
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