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Computer outage at space station may force spacewalk

AP: A computer outage at the International Space Station may require astronauts to complete a spacewalk and delay next week’s launch of a supply ship next week.

A backup computer on the outside of the station is not responding to commands, NASA said Friday. While the main computer is working fine, both computers are needed for a cargo ship to bring nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies next week. 

Mission Control is working to determine whether the computer must be replaced, which would force a spacewalk by one of the station’s six astronauts. 

Photo: This May 23, 2011 photo released by NASA shows the International Space Station at an altitude of approximately 220 miles above the Earth, taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking. (AP Photo/NASA, Paolo Nespoli)