BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - NASA officials announced Wednesday afternoon that they will have to conduct several challenging space walks to fix a broken pump that forced the
shutdown of half of the International Space Station.
NASA released a video simulation demonstrating the space walks that will take place in order to keep ISS crew members safe from a potential ammonia leak.
The repairs are needed to repair one of two pumps that have malfunctioned.
Those pumps regulate toxic ammonia stored outside, and they keep it from leaking inside the ISS.
NASA has uploaded a training video to the ISS for the crew to review before the space walks.
During the first
In another trip outside the station, the crew will replace the pump.
Crew members will have pads inside their helmets to absorb any water, should there be a leak.
"A helmet absorption pad can hold 600 to 800 milliliters of water," said Allison Bellinger of NASA.
The helmets also have a snorkel device the astronauts can use, should the helmets fill with water.
One of the astronauts has been on six