Spacewalk and repair successful for Colorado astronaut Steve Swanson at International Space Station

NASA astronaut, Steve Swanson, of Steamboat Springs, and fellow astronaut Rick Mastracchio, conducted a successful spacewalk and repair mission Wednesday.

The two repaired a problematic backup computer on the International Space Station.

"#spacewalk complete at 11:32a. Ground controllers confirm the newly installed #ISS computer relay unit is running," NASA tweeted at 9:39 a.m. MT.

In an exclusive interview at the Johnson Space Center before the mission, Swanson told 7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart he can handle anything 200 miles above the earth.

"Luckily I've done them before, so now I'm just building up on that other training we've had before.  And so I feel I can go out and probably do any spacewalk they give me. They just give the specific information I need to know, for the spacewalk, I study it and I can go out and do it," said Swanson.

NASA believes it has determined the cause of leaks in their space suits that caused water to form during similar exercises last summer.

The repair took about two hours, which was less than expected.

Swanson graduated from Steamboat Springs High School and earned his bachelor of science degree in engineering physics from the University of Colorado.

He went on to complete a master of applied science in computer systems from Florida Atlantic University and a doctorate in computer science from Texas A&M University.

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