Thursday, June 14, 2007

And you thought your computer crash was bad...

So sometimes computers seem to do really odd things and crash with little or no warning, but when you are up in space crashing computers can really cause a bit of a problem. No running out to the computer store to get that new battery.

The Russian computers at the International Space Station broke down yesterday after the installation by the Space Shuttle Atlantis crew of some new solar arrays. According to the Washington Post "The computers appeared to be stuck in a rebooting cycle" (see full article "Repairs Begin on Space Station Computer Failure"). There is hope that this problem will be fixed soon, but the space shuttle mission may be extended to help out the mission.

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