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Spacewalk may be needed to fix space station leak

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 11:12 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013 11:16 a.m. CST
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In this image provided by NASA astronaut Nicole Stott, Expedition 20 flight engineer, participates in the STS-128 mission's first session of extravehicular activity on the International Space Station Sept. 1, 2009. Two deployed radiators are visible behind Stott. The International Space Station has a radiator leak in its power system. The outpost's commander calls the situation serious, but not life-threatening. The six-member crew on Thursday May 9, 2013 noticed white flakes of ammonia leaking out of the station. (AP Photo/NASA)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two astronauts on the International Space Station are preparing for a possible impromptu spacewalk to work on a leaking coolant line.

NASA spokesman Rob Navias (NA'-vee-us) says the line will run out of ammonia coolant late Friday morning. The line chills power systems but power was rerouted and is operating normally. The six-member crew is not in danger.

NASA will decide Friday evening if the spacewalk is needed on Saturday.

NASA suspects the leak might be on the far left truss of the station, but doesn't know for sure.

If needed, U.S. astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn would make about a six-hour spacewalk. They have trained for this type of repair.

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