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February 19 2013

NASA temporarily loses contact with crew of International Space Station

NASA temporarily lost all communications with the International Space Station (ISS) early Tuesday but officials say the crew was never in any danger. NASA said they lost contact with the ISS at 9:45 a.m. EST, during a software update to the space station's flight computers.

"Flight controllers in Houston were updating the software onboard the stationís flight computers when one of the stationís data relay systems malfunctioned," NASA said.

"The primary computer that controls critical station functions defaulted to a backup computer, but was not allowing the station to communicate with NASAís Tracking and Data Relay Satellites," NASA added.

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