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International Space Station plagued with cooling system problem

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 - 01:08

Dec. 12 - NASA will determine if a spacewalk is necessary to repair a problem with a cooling pump aboard the Space Station. Linda So reports.

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Flying high above the Earth, the International Space Station could be in for a major repair. NASA officials say they are working to fix a problem with the cooling system. One of the cooling pumps automatically shut down Wednesday after detecting abnormal temperatures. SOUNDBITE: KENNY TODD, ISS MISSION OPERATIONS INTEGRATION MANAGER, SAYING: "We haven't lost any primary functionality. There is some redundancy that we are down right now. But, again, that is not something that I would call critical to day to day station operations." NASA officials say the problem does not pose a risk to the six astronauts aboard the space station. Engineers will determine if a spacewalk is necessary to replace the faulty cooling pump. SOUNDBITE: KENNY TODD, ISS MISSION OPERATIONS INTEGRATION MANAGER, SAYING: "If in the near term discussions, it doesn't look like there's anything that's on the horizon, then we'll look at other options that might have to be considered, including the removal and replacement of that particular valve, which is housed inside a pump module external to the station." In the meantime, equipment aboard the space station affected by the cooling system shutdown has been turned off.

International Space Station plagued with cooling system problem

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 - 01:08

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