Nasa regains contact with ISS

2013-02-19 22:13
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Washington - The International Space Station regained contact with Nasa controllers in Houston after nearly three hours of accidental quiet on Tuesday, the space agency said.

Officials said the six crew and station were fine and that no problems had occurred during that time.

ASA spokesperson Josh Byerly said something went wrong during a computer software update on the station.

The outpost abruptly lost all communication, voice and command from Houston.

Station commander Kevin Ford was able to briefly radio Moscow while the station was flying over Russia.

Nasa normally communicates with and sends commands to the station from Houston, via three communications satellites that transmit voice, video and data. Such interruptions have happened a few times in the past, the space agency said.

If there is no crisis going on, losing communication with the ground "is not a terrible thing," said former astronaut Jerry Linenger, who was on the Russian space station Mir during a dangerous fire in 1997.

"You feel pretty confident up there that you can handle it.

"You're flying the spacecraft."

In the past few weeks the space station had been purposely simulating communications delays and downtimes to see how activity could work for a future Mars mission, Byerly said.

This was not part of those tests, but may prove useful, he said.

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