Feeds

XMAS SPACEWALK planned to fix ISS's dicky cooling gear

In space, no one can hear you sing carols

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

NASA has announced “a series of spacewalks to replace a faulty pump module” on the International Space Station (ISS).

The ISS has been misbehaving of late, with cooling systems performing so sub-optimally there's a prospect its crew could be cooked. NASA was understandably worried about that and contemplated spacewalks as the remedy. The space agency has now decided they're necessary, scheduling work for December 21, 23 and even Christmas Day to set things to rights.

Here's NASA's description of the mission plan:

NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins will remove a pump module that has a failed valve. They will replace it with a spare that is stored on an external stowage platform. The pump is associated with one of the station's two external cooling loops, which circulate ammonia outside the orbiting platform to keep internal and external equipment cool. Each of the three spacewalks will last six and a half hours, it is estimated.

All three operations will be shown live on NASA TV, which should brighten up Christmas considerably once you get tired of configuring the gadgets Santa brings to your loved ones.

As you watch, spare a thought for the ISS crew, who will probably have no presents – that's because the need to go spacewalking means a planned supply mission scheduled for this week has been postponed. The supply mission, courtesy of commercial outfit Orbital Sciences, “now will launch no earlier than mid-January.” ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000
Through 25 per cent but more is needed: Get your UNIQUE rewards!
LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio
And verily, Vultures shall speak status unto distant receivers
EOS, Lockheed to track space junk from Oz
WA facility gets laser-eyes out of the fog
Volcanic eruption in Iceland triggers CODE RED aviation warning
Lava-spitting Bárðarbunga prompts action from Met Office
NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away
Interplanetary admins will back up data and get to work
Major cyber attack hits Norwegian oil industry
Statoil, the gas giant behind the Scandie social miracle, targeted
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?