Washington, DC - According to new CDC guidelines, astronauts no longer need to wear masks while outside the International Space Station.
This news came as a surprise to the astronauts aboard the ISS, and just minutes before Astronaut Joe Rumple finished preparing for his first spacewalk to repair a faulty tractor beam.
"I'm excited," said Rumple. "It's one thing to see Earth through a 5-millimeter thick visor. It's another with your bare eyes. I can't wait."
The CDC notes that the new guidelines only apply to those astronauts who are fully vaccinated. Non-vaccinated crew members are expected to follow current masking protocols while outdoors.
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