NASA preps for two emergency space walks

NASA and two astronauts aboard the International Space Station are gearing up for two emergency space walks to repair the cooling systems after half of the units shutdown unexpectedly Saturday.  While NASA says that the astronauts are not in any danger, there are only two cooling systems on the space station, Loop A and Loop B.

Loop A shut down on Saturday and all attempts so far to restart the cooling system have failed, thus the reason for the required space walks.  According to Space.com, “The space station's cooling system troubles began late Saturday when a circuit breaker tripped and shut down the Loop A cooling system pump module, which is used to move super-cold liquid ammonia through the station to remove excess heat from its systems and laboratories.”

The space walks will take place later this week and NASA is hopeful that the repairs will go smoothly. However, it will take two separate trips.  The first walk will be to repair the pump, and the second will be to reconnect the cooling fluid.   

The $100 billion dollar International Space Station is currently housing three Americans and three Russian astronauts/cosmonauts.  NASA has plans to fly two more times to the space station to finish construction after which it will retire the aging shuttle fleet.    

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Break then fix. Fix then break. That Damn Space Station.
With all the money pouring in the War in IRAQ and AFGAN, by now, human should already have built the station on Mars

satus said,
Break then fix. Fix then break. That Damn Space Station.
With all the money pouring in the War in IRAQ and AFGAN, by now, human should already have built the station on Mars

Seriously...I'm getting tired of corrupt little tyrants, dictators, and this countries need to involve itself in everything. I'd much rather spend it on jobs advancing markets in space.

satus said,
Break then fix. Fix then break.
I think you meant to say
Buy it, use it, break it, fix it,
Trash it, change it, mail - upgrade it.

satus said,
Break then fix. Fix then break. That Damn Space Station.
With all the money pouring in the War in IRAQ and AFGAN, by now, human should already have built the station on Mars

War... War never changes.

Windows7even said,
beleive it or not it does not have the have the words "i" and "phone" in the same sentence to be counted as tech news!
There's a reply button for that...

pourpower said,
Is this really Neowin news?

Space station full of tech, tech stuff breaking, tech news site... seems fine to me.

Mad props to the astronauts/cosmonauts. Doing their job takes the utmost skill, discipline, and experience; I can think of no other profession that's as demanding.

It never really occured to me that the space station would need COOLING systems since it is in space. Heating systems I could understand.

roadwarrior said,
It never really occured to me that the space station would need COOLING systems since it is in space. Heating systems I could understand.

Yeah. Cold in darkness, and I can imagine REALLY hot in day light.

roadwarrior said,
It never really occured to me that the space station would need COOLING systems since it is in space. Heating systems I could understand.
The issue is that where it is in space, cooling isn't very efficient. There's no air to carry heat away from the station. So it needs to be cooled.