Shit floats weightlessly to the fan: International Space Stations pumps fail

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  1. chapped

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    Breaking News: Space station's coolant system crippled, but crew stays safe


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    A problem with one of the International Space Station's cooling systems may require a repair spacewalk, NASA told NBC News on Wednesday.

    The situation doesn't represent a life-threatening emergency, but it has required a cutback in normal operations on the orbiting outpost, NASA spokesman Josh Byerly said.

    "The crew was never in any danger," he said. "They're fine for the near future."

    The problem is one of the "Big 14" maintenance issues that NASA and its partners expect to face on an occasional basis during space station operations. "This is the kind of thing that they expected to happen, at about the

    expected rate," NBC News space analyst James Oberg said.

    One of the station's two external cooling loops, known as Loop-A, shut down when it reached a pre-set temperature limit on Wednesday, Byerly told NBC News. That forced NASA to reroute coolant into Loop-B. As a

    result, the station's six-person crew had to prioritize life support systems, electrical systems and science experiments — including the freezers that preserve scientific samples. Some non-critical systems were shut down in

    the station's U.S-built Harmony node, the Japanese Kibo lab and the European Columbus lab.

    The crew "worked to keep the freezers going," Byerly said.

    Engineers think the problem was caused by a malfunctioning flow control valve for the station's ammonia coolant. Mission managers are trying to determine whether a software fix can get the valve working again, or

    whether a spacewalk will be required. Sorting through all the issues might take a couple days, or as much as a couple of weeks.


    http://www.nbcnews.com/science/nasa-reports-serious-problem-space-station-coolant-2D11729733
     
  2. chuk

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    Just throw it out the window.
     
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    ummmm yea didn't think of that ... anyway ISS in trouble.. blah blah
     
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    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    Might not be a good idea?? There could be problems when the shit hits the atmosphere!


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  7. Bye You!

    Bye You! The n word guy Gold

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    I was just about to post that!
     
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    This is what happens when we let Russians build shit.
     
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    Wolowitz :rofl:
     
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    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    I was just about to say you were going to post that!
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