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The International Space Station (ISS) has an attitude problem. A computer system wipe-out means the space station is currently depending on the docked space shuttle Atlantis to keep it pointing in the right direction. More worryingly, in the long term, the dead computers also control the station's altitude, oxygen, and water …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Windows update?

    Could it be the computers just ran the latest windows update?

  2. Adrian Jones

    It's their own fault

    They really shouldn't have upgraded to Vista.

  3. Chris

    Re: Windows update?

    It was just Tuesday.....and you know how dodgy those Russian serial numbers are......

  4. DrFix

    "Start me up!...."

    Considering how long its taken you may not be far off.

  5. Alastair Dodd

    Somebody tried the Safari beta

    bad move

  6. Rob

    Sounds more like....

    ... they've been trying a new Internet browser that's in beta ;-)

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  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't be silly

    It's an Powerbook overheating PSU combined with some iPOD batteries ;)

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Windows for SpaceStations?

    Maybe they've got a null pointer problem and just need an updated driver.

  10. Mark Lawson

    NASA Tech support

    "Have you tried turning it off, then turning it on again..."

  11. Jason

    Crack the sledges out...

    We all know that all hardware faults are solved with a bit of brute force

  12. Graham Marsden

    "Rotate the Space Station please..."

    "I'm sorry Dave, I afraid I can't do that..."

  13. Bob Hannent

    I found the fault...

    Vladimir, I found the fault:


  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Call Rufus

    NASA should phone Rufus and ask him for help.

  15. Daniel Ballado-Torres

    MS SpaceStations

    Somehow, I think Micro$oft is involved... heh.

    Who would think that the ISS computers would also get BSOD???

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    "Hi, this is Joe, please be rebooting your computer...."

  17. Disco-Legend-Zeke

    Sounds like my HONDA

    I had a HONDA CIVIC that would sometimes stop, completely, at random times.

    The only solution was to disconnect the battery so the onboard computer would reboot.

    Disco Legend Zeke

  18. Kelly Dickerson

    Shoulda used NetBSD

    It bears asking: Is the OS approved for use outside Earth's atmosphere?

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