Early reports of the difficulties appeared in tweets from the station’s crew and support staff.
The crew are struggling to restore pressure to the coolant system that keeps the vital systems, including life-support, at a regular temperature. This can vary wildly depending on whether the space station is in sunlight or in the Earth’s shadow.
While not presenting an immediate threat to the station’s crew, it can be serious if unsolved. Some of the space stations’ systems have been shut down in order to reduce the strain on the temperature control equipment. Others have been re-routed to the working cooling system. NASA spokesman Josh Byerly told NBC that one of the station’s two cooling loops, known as Loop-A, shut down due to an anomalous temperature imbalance. NASA had to urgently reroute the coolant systems to prioritise life support systems, electrical systems and science experiments.
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