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2010-08-15 14:55:00

After completing several days of analysis and refining procedures, International Space Station managers and mission operations personnel met Sunday and gave final approval for a third spacewalk Monday by Expedition 24 Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson to install a spare ammonia pump in the station's starboard truss as well as approval to restart and activate half of the station's cooling system that became inoperable two weeks ago due to a failure of the pump in the...

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2010-08-11 14:40:00

Astronauts completed a successful spacewalk on Wednesday to remove a broken coolant pump on the International Space Station (ISS). Their previous spacewalk on Saturday to restore full cooling to the ISS was foiled by a large ammonia leak. Wednesday's spacewalk succeeded with no burst of toxic ammonia from a stubborn connector. The ISS has been operating with only half its usual cooling capability since an ammonia coolant pump failed a week and a half ago. Just five hours into the...

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2010-08-03 10:10:00

NASA teams raced Monday to try and get ready for two spacewalks to fix a pump module on the International Space Station's (ISS) cooling system, which failed last week. NASA said the ISS astronauts will need at least two spacewalks to remove the failed ammonia pump and replace it with a new one.  The first spacewalk will take place on Friday. Two astronauts held dry-runs for the spacewalks at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) in Houston, where they choreographed what needed to be...

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2009-02-04 07:20:00

NASA has spent two weeks searching for the cause behind turbulence felt on the international space station during a routine orbital adjustment. According to experts in Houston and Moscow, the ISS shook back and forth for two minutes during a routine adjustment last month.  They are still searching for the cause. Experts caution that it is too early to determine how much damage occurred during the incident, but in a worst-case scenario the ISS could have structural damage that could...

2008-01-29 08:18:59

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are preparing for a Wednesday spacewalk to restore some of the power-generating ability of the orbiting laboratory's expansive solar wings. ISS Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Dan Tani will replace a broken joint motor at the base of the station's two starboard solar wings during a planned six-hour spacewalk. The solar wing has been unable to track the sun continuously since early December,...