International Space Station Leaking Ammonia Coolant, NASA Says
The International Space Station has a radiator leak in its power system. The outpost’s commander calls the situation serious, but not life-threatening.
The six-member crew on Thursday noticed white flakes of ammonia leaking out of the station. Ammonia runs through multiple radiator loops to cool the station’s power system. NASA said the leak is increasing from one previously leaking loop that can be bypassed if needed. NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs said engineers are working on rerouting electronics just in case the loop shuts down. The Earth-orbiting station has backup systems.
Space station Commander Chris Hadfield of Canada tweeted that the problem, while serious, was stabilized. Officials will know more Friday.
The space station always has enough emergency escape ships for the crew, but there are no plans to use them.

International Space Station Leaking Ammonia Coolant, NASA Says

The International Space Station has a radiator leak in its power system. The outpost’s commander calls the situation serious, but not life-threatening.

The six-member crew on Thursday noticed white flakes of ammonia leaking out of the station. Ammonia runs through multiple radiator loops to cool the station’s power system. NASA said the leak is increasing from one previously leaking loop that can be bypassed if needed. NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs said engineers are working on rerouting electronics just in case the loop shuts down. The Earth-orbiting station has backup systems.

Space station Commander Chris Hadfield of Canada tweeted that the problem, while serious, was stabilized. Officials will know more Friday.

The space station always has enough emergency escape ships for the crew, but there are no plans to use them.


Posted 1 year ago with 87 notes
Tagged:ISSAstronomysciencespacechris hadfieldNASAspace station

  1. sezullive reblogged this from spaceplasma
  2. psychedelicmandala reblogged this from spaceplasma
  3. pinkiepieaddict reblogged this from starsaremymuse
  4. dracobibliobibulus reblogged this from distant-traveller
  5. katyfidelis reblogged this from spaceplasma
  6. tiny-corner-of-the-universe reblogged this from starsaremymuse
  7. carlemagne reblogged this from distant-traveller
  8. astromarianne reblogged this from starsaremymuse
  9. starsaremymuse reblogged this from distant-traveller
  10. astralconflagration reblogged this from distant-traveller
  11. science-and-things reblogged this from laikas-owner
  12. moderatelyinterestingweirdo reblogged this from spaceplasma
  13. time-travelers-nevver-die reblogged this from spaceplasma
  14. laikas-owner reblogged this from distant-traveller
  15. distant-traveller reblogged this from spaceplasma
  16. nofeelingsg reblogged this from spaceplasma
  17. brianschumacher reblogged this from spaceplasma
  18. iamdarkmatter reblogged this from spaceplasma
  19. iamawizard99 reblogged this from spaceplasma
  20. donjuanquixote reblogged this from spaceplasma
  21. ithinkthusmaybeiam reblogged this from spaceplasma