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So we are following a developing situation aboard the International Space Station right now NASA says that there is a leak.
The ISS commander kindness to the situation serious but not life threatening.
And here's some contacts condi I SSC can visualize what's going on up there it orbits about 200 miles above the earth.
It travels at about 171500.
Miles an hour making one full orbit every hour and a half.
Around the earth and finally the International Space Station spans the area it's it's very large folks.
Bigger than a football field including the end zones.
Jonathan Serrie is -- -- story -- us live from Atlanta as a Jonathan explain what is it that they think is leaking and how dangerous is that.
-- -- -- Martha the leak is in the international space -- active cooling system that works similar to a radiate hearing your car except instead of circulating water to take heat off of your car's engine.
It uses ammonia which it circulates through to -- carry excess heat away from systems on board the IS that.
The -- circulate through panels that extend from the exterior of the space station which then transfer the heat into space.
But yesterday astronauts reported seeing small white flakes floating away from the exterior of the space station list.
These junior probably is still he had me on the video camera there but from what did they know what this what this -- that they had -- The slower -- block it at.
We're already seeing the occasional flick that's quite a little secretary mounts are structured -- a different direction that we don't nearly have the -- we had previously.
-- but there's no way to say it would cost a lot out of -- great.
After these conversations are looking at video sent back to earth by the astronauts engineers on the ground determined that this was indeed an ammonia leak.
From a system that -- one of the sold or a raise that powers the International Space Station -- So how serious is it for of those on board and what do they think they might be able to do.
To control -- Well if left unchecked this leak could eventually lead to the shutdown of that one solar array.
That the cooling system in question is is responsible for taking the heat away from but -- -- has an independent cooling system.
So NASA's been working on plans to re -- power from other sources as a backup so that systems normally powered by this one solar array.
Can keep operating even if the ammonia loop goes down.
NASA says the crew is in no danger -- basket and -- and thank you.
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