News

Emergency Spacewalk on International Space Station to Fix ‘Serious’ Leak

space station leak spacewalk

(Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

Astrononauts floating 200 miles above the Earth will make emergency spacewalks to fix a coolant leak on the International Space Station. The first walk is scheduled for tomorrow.

Liquid ammonia, used to cool the system that converts solar energy to electric power for the football-field-sized station, is dribbling into space, and while the problem is described as “serious” but not life-threatening to the ISS crew, the situation is tense.

Geekosystem reports that the leak “may be more severe than initially thought.” It was a minor issue until Thursday night, “when the rotation of the solar panels seemed to worsen the leak.”

ISS spacewalk

Tom Marshburn (left) and Christopher Cassidy are stepping out into space to fix a leak on the ISS. (Wikipedia Photos)

The leak, likely caused by a tiny piece of debris striking the station, has been persistent but extremely slow since 2006. In November of 2012, space station astronauts made a successful spacewalk to address the leak, but the problem persists and escalated this week.

Nasaspaceflight.com reports the team on the spacewalk will be two American flight engineers: Navy SEAL Chris Cassidy and Dr. Tom Marshburn.

According the howmanypeopleareinspacerightnow.com, the other four crew members onboard the ISS are:

Commander Chris Hadfield of Canada, and three Russians: flight engineers Roman Romanenko, Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin.

ISS Commander Chris Hadfield: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

Canada’s most famous space man, Colonel Chris Hadfield, is now commander of the International Space Station.

Click here to read more

‘Mad Men’ Writers Pitch TV Show ‘Cocoa Beach’ About 1960′s NASA

The writers of Mad Men could be trading in their designer suits on Madison avenue for space helmets and Florida sand with a new television show.

Click here to read more

Win one of three XBox One Console Packages from XBox

Join Heavy's daily email newsletter and Askmen's newsletter to enter to win one of Three(3) great XBox One Console Packages from XBox
Read the sweepstakes rules here.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 984 other followers