Less than four years ago, astronaut Luca Parmitano experienced catastrophe while performing a spacewalk, Parmitano’s spacesuit began to fill with water, nearly causing him to drown in space. Several years later, a similar issue occurred during the spacewalk of astronaut Tim Kopra when a droplet of water formed in his helmet. The Space Snorkel that I have proposed would be inserted into an astronaut’s mouth, filtering out excess water while allowing the astronaut to breathe with relative ease. The water would be collected through into a reservoir, which can be easily disposed of. With this new innovation, astronauts would no longer have to contend with the threat of suffocation during mission requiring the use of a spacesuit- at least until the issue at large is able to be resolved.

Kramer, Miriam. “Spacesuit Leak That Nearly Drowned Astronaut Could Have Been Avoided.” Space.com.
Wall, Mike. “Water Leak in Astronaut's Spacesuit Helmet Halts Spacewalk.” Space.com.

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