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Watch: NASA's first space walk in a year is happening above your head right now

US based space walks were curtailed last year after an Italian astronaut nearly drowned.

TWO ASTRONAUTS ARE space walking for the first time to carry out the first maintenance on the International Space Station in more than a year.

American astronaut Reid Wiseman and German spaceman Alexander Gerst ventured out outside ISS this morning  to move a broken pump into its proper storage location.

US based space walks were curtailed in July 2013 after an Italian astronaut nearly drowned because of a flooded helmet.

NASA solved the problem with the suit’s water-cooling system but then concern arose over the spacesuit batteries. New batteries arrived late last month making today’s 260 miles high mission possible.

The 780-pound pump being moved today is the size of a double-door refrigerator and has been in temporary storage since last December.

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