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

(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.

This 2011 file photo released by NASA shows the International Space Station about 220 miles above Earth.
This 2011 file photo released by NASA shows the International Space Station about 220 miles above Earth.   (AP Photo/NASA, Paolo Nespoli, File)
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