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An unnamed NASA astronaut stationed on the International Space Station recently ran into an issue during a spacewalk: he forgot to check whether his GoPro camera had an SD card installed before embarking on a spacewalk. We’ve all been there, right?
The astronaut, who may have been Andrew Feustel, was featured in a spacewalk livestream on NASA’s Twitch account last Wednesday. During the livestream, viewers were treated to a brief conversation that started with the astronaut asking, “Hey, Houston, I gotta ask a question about the GoPro real quick.” The astronaut explains that he sees a “No SD” warning the GoPro’s display when pushing a button.
“Do I need that to record?” he asks, referring to the SD card. “And if it’s recording, is there supposed to be a red light on?”
After a long moment of silence, Houston clarifies that the red light should appear while recording if the SD card is inserted, and that the “No SD” message likely meant the camera didn’t have a media card installed. The astronaut ultimately abandoned his plans to use the camera during the spacewalk.
Clarification about the SD card’s whereabouts was not provided, but if we had to guess, it’s probably floating (in this case literally) around in the bottom of Feustel’s camera bag alongside a half-eaten protein bar and a few extra lens cleaning cloths.