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Astronaut Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station

Russian crews helped NASA restore space station comm

NASA needed help earlier this week from Russian ground stations to restore communications with the space station after a three-hour outage during a routine software upgrade. 

The disruption occurred at 9:45 a.m. EST. “Flight controllers were in the process of updating the station’s command and control software and were transitioning from the primary computer to the backup computer to complete the software load when the loss of communication occurred,” NASA reported.

As the space station flew over Russia, Mission Control Houston used the Russian ground stations to instruct the Expedition 34 crew to connect to another computer and begin restoring communications.

“The station is still flying straight and everybody is in good shape,” Commander Kevin Ford reported during the pass over Russia, according to audio posted on the NASA website.

Communications were fully restored at 12:30 p.m. EST.

The crew — two Americans, three Russians and one Canadian — then went about conducting the day’s scientific tasks, which included some medical tests on themselves.

Earlier in the morning, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, the flight engineer, had tweeted, “Good Morning, Earth! Today we transition the Space Station's main computers to a new software load. Nothing could possibly go wrong," Computerworld reported.

Posted by David Hubler on Feb 22, 2013 at 9:39 AM


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