Astronaut Nearly Drowned in Space, While Wife Watched From Earth

By: KRQE/CNN
By: KRQE/CNN
A woman in New Mexico witnessed her husband nearly drowning from miles away, but was powerless to stop it.

Italian Astronaut Luca Parmitano had to be brought in from his spacewalk early as his helmet began to fill up with water. (Courtesy: NASA)

A woman in New Mexico witnessed her husband nearly drowning from miles away, but was powerless to stop it.

Her husband, an astronaut, was in orbit at the International Space Station when the cooling system inside his space suit started leaking.

Five weeks later Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano would find July 16th to be the most intense. Just ask his wife.

She was at mission control in Houston when her husband noticed something was wrong while on a spacewalk outside the international space station.

His space helmet was filling up with water.

A scary sight for his wife, Kathy Dillow, who was born in Albuquerque and raised here until she was eight years old.

Together she and her husband Luca have built a family with six, and three-year-old daughters.

July 16th they were tens of thousands of miles apart and both helpless.

Kathy watched as mission control cancelled her husband's spacewalk - and as fellow astronauts pulled him inside the space station.

Luca was in danger of drowning.

It took just moments to free him.

And for both he and his wife -- to breathe a sigh of relief.


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