Cooling Pump Fails on Space Station
It's one of two, and NASA says none of the crew are in danger
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2013 6:25 PM CST
This 2011 file photo released by NASA shows the International Space Station about 220 miles above Earth.   (AP Photo/NASA, Paolo Nespoli, File)

(Newser) – NASA is reporting a glitch with one of the two cooling pumps on the International Space Station, but it says none of the six crew members are in danger, reports CNN. The crew shut down some non-essential electrical systems as a precaution while they figure what went wrong and how to fix it. Best case, it's a software glitch and a relatively easy repair. Otherwise, a spacewalk will be necessary, reports NBC News. It will likely take days or perhaps weeks to sort it all out. "They're fine for the near future," says a NASA spokesman.

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pg13
Dec 12, 2013 6:21 AM CST
A software glitch? What, was the cooling pump surfing the web again?
Ravinder
Dec 12, 2013 12:44 AM CST
The first thing to know is what those men are doing in the space there. Secondly. I want to ask that when a space ship starts its journey up to the space, don't the men in the technical department on the ground, examine each and every aspect of the ship. Till now many inventions have been made to touch the sky, but till now why don't any robotic mechanic have been developed which can stay on the International space station and can repair any of such minor problems inquired in the space station. That robot can take sunlight as its food and can be operated through the headquarter on the earth.
MSCOTTASHLEY
Dec 12, 2013 12:13 AM CST
What the hell are they doing up there these days anyway?