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Glitches Hamper Work Aboard Space Station

July 17, 2001|From Staff and Wire Reports

Astronauts had to contend with water and air leaks and alarms while outfitting a passageway for spacewalkers on the international space station.

Water spilled from a cooling line, and the crews of space shuttle Atlantis and space station Alpha had to mop up the mess.

Then an alarm went off in the station's laboratory. A computer sensed a drop in water pressure and shut off the cooling system.

An air leak cropped up about 10 hours later. The National Aeronautical and Space Administration described the leak in the air circulating system as small.

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