A crippled cooling line at the International Space Station prompted a spacewalking Saturday for two astronauts.
Most people, for Christmas, ask for material things. But astronaut Rick Mastracchio, because of a broken cooling system at the spacestation, may actually get a spacewalk or two just in time for the holiday.
A list of pending chores, which includes collecting science experiments, sent two astronauts to the International Space Station Tuesday.
Taking an impromptu spacewalk is not the norm, but in an attempt to replace a serious leaky pump, astronauts traveled outside the International Space Station Saturday.
The shuttle astronauts have dealt with another computer problem aboard Atlantis. After the astronauts went to bed late Thursday afternoon, Mission Control woke them up because of a computer failure in one of the shuttle’s five main computers.