NASA Briefly Lost Touch With Spacewalking Astronauts

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2009 10:50 PM CDT
This image provided by NASA shows astronauts spacewalking during a July mission.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Astronauts walking outside the International Space Station lost communications with NASA ground control for 33 minutes today, Reuters reports, after a storm cut the link through a relay station on the Pacific island of Guam. “This is no safety of flight issue,” said a spokesman, who added that crewmates kept an eye on Americans Danny Olivas and Nicole Stott during the blackout.