Parmitano was the first Italian to do a spacewalk--this was his second.

He and fellow spacewalker Chris Cassidy were installing some Z-1 jumper cables, a job they'd begun last week.

The Italian got tangled up in tubes and cables and had to be helped free by his colleague.

Suddenly the Italian noticed something was amiss. "It feels like a lot of water," he told Mission Control. "I can feel it in the back of my head."

This image, taken from the camera inside Luca's helmet, shows Cassidy pointing out the liquid.

"Are you sweating? Are you working hard?" he was asked. "I can still hear perfectly, but my head is wet and I think it is increasing," he said. Slosh, slosh.

"Get me Ed Harris. NOW!"

Eventually Parmitano had to be helped back on board. He was in some discomfort.

"And we have helmet lift-off."

Finally Luca emerges, wet, and a little discomfited, from his suit. NASA is still in the dark as to the source of the leak.

Astronaut's Spacesuit Malfunctions During Spacewalk

How many astronauts does it take to change a colleague's spacesuit? At least three—never underestimate the gravity of the situation.

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano—you can follow him on Twitter here—abandoned his spacewalk yesterday after his suit malfunctioned. Scary stuff!

Between a liter and a liter-and-a-half of water was inside Parmitano's helmet before he returned to the space station. "We clearly have a problem at this point we don't quite understand," mission management team chairman Kenneth Todd said during a press conference. NASA is searching for answers as to what caused the leak.

[Image: Flickr user scotbot]

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