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Christmas Eve space walk

Two American Astronauts spent the first part of this Christmas Eve - 260 miles above earth- wrapping up a repair to the International Space Station.
   
They expect to finish this afternoon, meaning they could avoid a third space walk scheduled for Christmas day.
   
As Santa makes his way across the planet, two American Astronauts are also circling earth, giving the gift of a much needed repair to the International Space Station.

Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins spent the morning on a dangerous space walk, replacing a massive cooling pump on the space station.
Reassurance is so critical, especially with such a dangerous task. One leak or tear to their space suits, they would die instantly.

Recent problems with those 35-year-old space suits, add to the fear.
In July water leaked into an Italian Astronaut's helmet, almost drowning him.

A bit of water did get into Mastacchio's suit at the end of Saturday's space walk.
    But today there were no problems.
This Christmas Eve mission is one step closer to being accomplished.

This is only the 2nd Christmas Eve space walk in Nasa history.
The last was in 1999 during a 'hubble space telescop' repair mission.