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ISS oxygen generator repaired
Posted: Mon, May 20, 2002, 10:04 AM ET (1404 GMT)
ISS illustration (NASA) The crew of the International Space Station repaired a faulty oxygen generator Saturday, Russian officials said. The Russian Elektron unit, which generates oxygen through electrolysis of water, had been experiencing problems for amore than a week before the unit was taken offline earlier in the week to make repairs. The crew relied on a backup system of oxygen "candles" that are burned to generate oxygen while the unit was fixed. The cause of the problem was not announced, but previous reports said that a faulty electronics box within the Elektron unit was the leading suspect for the failure.
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