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Space Station Suffers Cooling System Malfunction
The International Space Station suffered a cooling system malfunction late Saturday that forced its astronaut crew to power down some vital systems while engineers on Earth study the problem.
A power spike led to the shutdown of a pump module in one of two liquid ammonia cooling loops on the space station, setting off alarms that awoke the six astronauts living aboard the orbiting lab, NASA officials said in a statement. The malfunction occurred Saturday at about 8 p.m. EDT (0000 Sunday GMT) while the crew was sleeping.
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by Greensage
The problem is not heat or cold from outside. The space station is well insulated and remember that it spends about 45 minutes in sunlight and 45 minutes in darkness.
The real problem is getting rid of the heat generated inside the station.