Failed computer replaced on ISS

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Station Commander Peggy Whitson assembled a new computer from spare parts abroad the station and installed it during a 2.5-hour spacewalk as the orbiting outpost sailed 400 kms over Earth.

The computer, that weights 23 kgs and is the size of a microwave oven, control equipment’s such as solar power panels, cooling loops, radiators and robotics gear.

One of the computers (out of two) was lost on Saturday, however the causes are still unknown and will be analyzed by someone.

With this spacewalk, Peggy Whitson has become the third most experienced space-walkers in the world, just behind Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Solovyev and NASA’s Mike Lopez-Alegria.

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This is amazing. Assembling a computer on board the ISS and replacing it in a spacewalk. And congratulations Mrs. Whitson for becoming the most experience woman space-walker, and third most experienced space-walker.

Donald Trump talks to Peggy Whitson

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NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, 57, set a new space record on Monday, beating NASA’s previous record-holder Jeff Williams for the most number of days in orbit. However, she is still (534 days) shorter than the world record of Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka (879 days).

Donald Trump commented to her that That’s an incredible record to break, and then asked her What are we learning form being in space? One being told that there is a technology to convert urine to drinking water for astronauts, Trump replied Better you than me.

Whitson is the oldest woman ever in space, and has also set a new record for most space walks (8) by a female astronaut. She also mentioned that NASA is currently building hardware to test a new heavy launch vehicle, Space Launch System (SLS), which will help space vehicles to take manned missions further into the space.

Trump said he wished that NASA is able to do the Mars manned mission in his first or second term of Presidency.

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That’s amazing! Congratulations Peggy Whitson! And in reality, a technology to convert urine to safe/hygienic drinking water will be treasured on Earth.