CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (February 26, 2014) NASA could have prevented the near-drowning of a spacewalking astronaut last summer at the International Space Station, an investigation board created by NASA in the wake of the close call concluded.
Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano nearly drowned when his helmet filled with water on July 16.
He barely made it back inside alive.
According to the report, his helmet leaked one week earlier at the end of his first spacewalk.
The report says the space station team misdiagnosed the first failure and should have delayed the second spacewalk until the problem was understood.
They say Parmitano's "calm demeanor" during the event quite possibly saved his life.
The board led by NASA's chief space station engineer issued its final report Wednesday.