Space station loses power channel; Backup working

Published On: May 08 2014 12:11:16 PM EDT
Updated On: May 08 2014 12:11:27 PM EDT

It takes more than six hours to fly from New York to London, but now, in slightly less time, astronauts can go from Earth to the International Space Station.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -

The International Space Station is down one power channel because of an electrical malfunction. But NASA says everyone and everything is safe up there.

Mission Control says one of eight power channels went down Thursday because of an apparent trip in an electrical switch. Most of the station systems that depend on that power line immediately switched to a backup. Within an hour, flight controllers moved the remaining systems to the backup power channel.

NASA is trying to determine what happened and how to fix it. Meanwhile, all space station systems are operating normally.

Officials say the problem will not affect Tuesday's departure by three of the six astronauts. An American, Japanese and Russian will return to Earth in a Soyuz capsule following a half-year mission.

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