13 December 2013
The International Space Station’s Expedition 38 crew worked Thursday with team members on the ground to deal with a malfunction that occurred Wednesday on one of the station’s two external cooling loops that uses ammonia to prevent station systems from overheating. The flight control teams worked to get the cooling loop back up and running, and they suspect a flow control valve actually inside the pump module itself might not be functioning correctly. NASA Mission Control is still working on how to correct the cooling loop, but the crew is in no danger. The decision on whether to fix the problem with a spacewalk is expected Monday, but NASA is confident it will be repaired one way or another. (Image Credit: NASA)
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