Tuesday, August 17, 2010

International Space Station Cooling System Fixed: Pretty Much

"Success In Orbit: Astronauts Replace Vital Space Station Cooling Pump"
Space.com (August 16, 2010)

"Two space station astronauts hit pay dirt in orbit Monday after successfully replacing a vital pump to restore their spacecraft's cooling system, which has been limping along at half-power for more than two weeks.

"Astronauts Douglas Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson wired up a bulky ammonia pump the size of a kitchen oven into the right side of the space station during the hours-long spacewalk. It was the third spacewalk for the astronauts to make the tricky repair 220 miles (354 km) above Earth.

"A fourth spacewalk will eventually be needed alter to clean up some final work, but isn't pressing, mission managers said...."

That's good news: now the ISS crew will be able to get back to work on the research they're there for.

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