|12-11-2013, 05:38 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Tranquility Base
Space Station Cooling System Failure
NASA may need to pull Gene out of retirement to save the 6 men orbiting 250 miles above the Earth.
An emergency space walk may need to be performed to fix a valve or the pump.
Lets hope this doesn't turn into a "Gravity" type situation for the 6 man crew, and that this is resolved quickly. The space station just turned 15 years old. It is amazing it hasn't had any major issues.
Update on Space Station Cooling System:
Earlier Wednesday, the pump module on one of the space stationís two external cooling loops automatically shut down when it reached pre-set temperature limits. These loops circulate ammonia outside the station to keep both internal and external equipment cool. The flight control teams worked to get the cooling loop back up and running, and they suspect a flow control valve actually inside the pump itself might not be functioning correctly.
At no time was the crew or the station itself in any danger, but the ground teams did work to move certain electrical systems over to the second loop. Some non-critical systems have been powered down inside the Harmony node, the Kibo laboratory and the Columbus laboratory while the teams work to figure out what caused the valve to not function correctly and how to fix it. The crew is safe and preparing to begin a normal sleep shift while experts on the ground collect more data and consider what troubleshooting activities may be necessary.
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