NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy loses mirror during maintenance spacewalk
During routine maintenance on the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy’s spacesuit broke off. According to reports, while Cassidy was swapping out a large battery pack that weighs 194 KGs (428 pounds) on the outside of the International Space Station, a small mirror that was attached to his spacesuit broke off and floated away.
These mirrors are attached to the spacesuits so that astronauts can see electrical components on a spacesuit along with the blind spots that might occur. These mirrors usually measure five by three inches (that’s 7 by 12 centimeters) and weigh 50 grams.
NASA in a blog post said, “Besides the mirror mishap, Cassidy and fellow NASA astronaut Robert Behnken completed all the scheduled work on their first of four spacewalks to replace batteries that provide power for the space station’s solar arrays, as well as initial tasks originally planned for the second scheduled spacewalk next Wednesday.”