I guess today we have been witnesses of an example for a paradigm shift in space communications. During European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano’s second spacewalk a problem occured a little more than an hour after the exit: Luca reported water inside his helmet, subsequently NASA Flight Director David Korth decided to terminate the spacewalk early.
To me, it was outstanding NASA and ESA kept the livestream running until Luca Parmitano and Chris Cassidy were safely back inside the International Space Station. We witnessed extremely professional astronauts inside and outside the station handling the critical situation in a timely manner – and the fact that astronautics sometimes is an enormous challenge which nevertheless human kind is able to cope with. Great job, Luca & rest of the expedtion 36 crew.
— Marco Trovatello (@marco_t) July 16, 2013