The Expedition 34 crew completed a bevy of science and maintenance tasks Tuesday despite a temporary loss of communications between the International Space Station and the ground.
|Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield works with spacesuit equipment
in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV
Communications with the station were restored at 12:34 p.m. EST, following efforts by the onboard crew and the flight control team on the ground to correct a loss of communications that began at 9:45 a.m. Flight controllers were in the process of updating the station’s command and control software and were transitioning from the primary computer to the backup computer to complete the software load when the loss of communication occurred. Mission Control Houston was able to communicate with the crew as the space station flew over Russian ground stations before 11 a.m. and instructed the crew to connect another computer to begin the process of restoring communications. Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford reported that the station’s status was fine and that the crew was doing well. All systems are now back up and running as expected.