Space Station Cooling System Fails; Astronauts Safe

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013  |  Updated 6:55 PM EDT
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Space Station Cooling System Fails; Astronauts Safe

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March 7, 2011 - The International Space Station in orbit above Earth.

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The cooling system has failed on the International Space Station, but all astronauts on board are safe, NASA said Wednesday evening. The situation is urgent but is not an emergency, NASA told NBC News, and may require an urgent space walk repair in the coming days to fix a suspected problem with a flow control valve. No space walks have been allowed at the ISS since an Italian astronaut's helmet filled with water during a space walk in July, and NASA said it hopes that a spacewalk won't be necessary and that the problem can be fixed with a software patch. Currently, two Americans, three Russians and one Japanese astronaut are on board the ISS.

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