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Spacewalk May Be Needed To Repair ISS Computer

Posted Saturday, April 12th 2014 @ 11am  by KFBK News

A backup computer outside the International Space Station is on the fritz.

CBS News Space Consultant Bill Harwood says the computer helps control the station's robotic arm:

'If the flight controllers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston can't figure out a way to get this computer system back in operation, their only other option would be to simply replace it. Now, they have spares on board, but it would require a space walk to go outside and actually swipe these boxes out.' 

A commercial spacecraft is set to launch next week, and the station's robotic arm is needed to help pull it aboard.

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