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NASA: Cooling system fails on ISS, crew safe

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NASA is reporting an urgent situation on board the International Space Station, first reported by NBC Nightly News and Tom Costello.

The space station's ammonia cooling system that helps to keep the solar panels from burning up has failed. Emergency measures are in place to conserve power and fix the situation. NASA says the crew is safe.

A space walk is possible to fix what is happening, but a software fix can repair the cooling flow valve.

According to NASA, the ISS can stay in its current configuration. The timeframe for the resolution could take 1-2 weeks rather than days.

Six people are currently on board, approximately 220 miles above the surface of the Earth.

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