NASA ponders spacewalk to fix coolant leak on space station

9:13 AM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (Florida Today) - International Space Station managers are meeting this morning to consider ordering a spacewalk Saturday to fix a leaking coolant system.

Tweets from Expedition 35 crew members indicated they are preparing for the spacewalk, but a NASA spokesman said it has not yet been approved.

If it is approved, NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn would plan to start around 8 a.m. Saturday and likely work for about six hours.

Their goal would be to replace a coolant box believed to be the source of a leak reported Thursday.

A press conference to discuss the activity in more detail may be scheduled around 4 p.m. today.

The six astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the station are in no danger. But the coolant system is critical to dissipating heat generated during the operation of station systems.

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