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Published July 18, 2013, 10:05 PM

Karen Nyberg finds hometown lake from space

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There have been moments of fear, relief, and even some celebrations for NASA Astronaut and Vining native Karen Nyberg and her space station crew this week.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There have been moments of fear, relief, and even some celebrations for NASA Astronaut and Vining native Karen Nyberg and her space station crew this week.

A close call for the team in space and a chance to see home out the window of the space station. For the first time, we hear from astronaut Luca Parmitano who had a scare during Tuesday's spacewalk when water started filling his spacesuit helmet.

Astronaut Luca felt the water shortly after the spacewalk started.

Luca Parmitano, Space Station Astronaut: “For a couple of minutes, I experienced what it was like to be a goldfish in a fishbowl from the point of view of the goldfish.”

With no gravity, the water started covering Luca all over his face. His eyes, nose.

Parmitano: “I could not hear anything. I could not communicate. I went back using memory going back to the air lock.”

NASA scrubbed the spacewalk, and Karen Nyberg and the other space station members worked to get the helmet off Luca. The source of the problem has not been found.

Meantime, the astronauts get the opportunity to see earth like no one else. Entire countries are visible, oceans, mountain ranges. And for Otter Tail County native Karen Nyberg a chance to finally photograph home. It was too cloudy during her last journey to space.

Karen Nyberg, NASA Astronaut: “And I get a call over the intercom, ‘Karen come quick, it is clear over Minnesota’ and I high-tailed it down there and got the camera and got some pictures. It was really neat. I was looking for Otter Tail Lake because it is easy to find and I knew East Battle Lake was going to be close by.”

It is no point and shoot camera. Heck of a zoom when you sit floating in space and still see the lake you grew up on.

Nyberg will be up at the Space Station until November.

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