Fri, Apr 23, 2004
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Aero-News Quote of the Day
"This is not a crew safety issue.
There are still two functioning gyros on orbit and we have the
Russian propulsion system (from the Soyuz spacecraft which is
currently docked with the ISS) to maintain
Source: NASA spokesman Kelly Humphries,
reporting a failure of a stabilization gyroscope aboard the
International Space Station. The gyro is one of four aboard the ISS
that prevent it from tumbling and keep its solar panels oriented
toward the sun. There are four gyros on board the ISS. This is the
second failure. Kelly confirmed that one of the remaining gyros is
troublesome -- that its instrumentation indicates it needs more
lubrication. Humphries says the station can operate on as few as
two gyros. But, he says, if a third gyroscope fails, the ISS will
be left to depend on thruster rockets aboard the docked Soyuz
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