NASA: space station loses communication with ground
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The International Space Station experienced a loss of communication with the ground, Tuesday morning.
According to NASA, at the time of losing communication, flight controllers in Houston were updating the software onboard the station's flight computers when one of the station's data relay systems malfunctioned.
Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted the following earlier today, "Good Morning, Earth! Today we transition the Space Station's main computers to a new software load. Nothing could possibly go wrong."
The computer that controls the station's functions defaulted and was not allowing the station to communicate with NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellites.
Shortly before 11 a.m. Mission Control Houston was able to communicate with the crew and instructed them to connect to a backup computer to begin the process of restoring communications.
Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford reported the station was fine, along with all six members of the crew.
NASA has since restored full communication with the ISS.
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