Astronauts Replace Ammonia Leak Outside International Space Stat - WSPA.com

Astronauts Replace Ammonia Leak Outside International Space Station

Posted: Updated:
Astronauts have replaced an ammonia pump outside the International Space Station to plug a serious leak Astronauts have replaced an ammonia pump outside the International Space Station to plug a serious leak
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL -

Spacewalking astronauts have replaced an ammonia pump outside the International Space Station in hopes of plugging a serious leak.

Christopher Cassidy and Thomas Marshburn took a hastily planned spacewalk Saturday to find and, possibly, fix the leak.

Flakes of frozen ammonia coolant were spotted Thursday drifting from the long frame that holds the solar panels on the left side. The astronauts found "no smoking guns" as they removed a suspect pump. After the men installed the new pump, however, no new leakage was detected.

That's good news - at least for now. NASA will continue to watch for any seepage. Mission Control says it will take time before it's able to declare victory.

NASA says the leak, while significant, never jeopardized crew safety.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • NC Early Voting Begins For May 6 Primary

    NC Early Voting Begins For May 6 Primary

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:18 AM EDT2014-04-24 07:18:21 GMT
    Polls are opening in all 100 counties so people can vote in person before the May 6 primary day in North Carolina.Polls are opening in all 100 counties so people can vote in person before the May 6 primary day in North Carolina.
    Polls are opening in all 100 counties so people can vote in person before the May 6 primary day in North Carolina. Early voting starts Thursday.
    Polls are opening in all 100 counties so people can vote in person before the May 6 primary day in North Carolina. Early voting starts Thursday.
  • Williamston Police: Man Arrested After Tuesday Shooting

    Williamston Police: Man Arrested After Tuesday Shooting

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:32:34 GMT
    Williamston police officers are investigating a shooting after a woman was shot in the head on South Hamilton Street.Williamston police officers are investigating a shooting after a woman was shot in the head on South Hamilton Street.
    An accused shooter is being held at the Anderson County Detention Center after authorities say he shot a woman in the head on South Hamilton Street Tuesday night.
    An accused shooter is being held at the Anderson County Detention Center after authorities say he shot a woman in the head on South Hamilton Street Tuesday night.
  • 2014 NFL Schedule Released

    2014 NFL Schedule Released

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:17:46 GMT
    Seahawks To Open NFL Season vs. PackersSeahawks To Open NFL Season vs. Packers
    As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.
    As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.