It's never a good feeling with your computer keel, deletion, sometimes demanding hours of maintenance and essentially destroying your day.
But we have reserved our thoughts for the three astronauts currently in the International Space Station, who have previously discovered that one of the three computers in the Russian module of the station has failed.
Russian space agency Roscosmos confirmed the failure on Tuesday, but has not yet provided any details beyond the fact that it plans to reboot the machine on Thursday and that its failure does not pose a risk to the crew, as the other two machines can keep that part of the station operational.
"One of the three computers on the ISS has disappeared," the agency said in a statement (according to our translation of the original Russian). "In other words, the program crashed. To restore the computer, you need to restart it."
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"This failure will not affect the work of the ISS," he continued, pointing out that the space station "can fly indefinitely on two channels." Less consolation is the fact that it will be restarted only on Thursday "to ensure the reliability" of the planned landing with the supply ship, which is likely to come tomorrow.
"There's no need to change computers," Roscosmos promised.
All space programs have a high degree of redundancy for such situations, but you can imagine that American Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Russian Sergei Prokopev and German Alekander Gerst are not just above the Moon that one of three machines maintains a fully artificial environment inside a large vacuum without oxygen that is space went AVOL.
Adding to entertainment is the knowledge that another Russian spacecraft was spectacularly ruined last month when NASA rocket accelerated Nick Hague astronaut and cosmonaut Roscosmos Aleksey Ovchinin did not split the space station correctly and hit the rocket core. This led to a depreciation of the fuel tank and loss of control of the amplifier.
Astronauts are fine, but the flight is interrupted, and now those who are currently in the space station will have to wait a month before they have any chance of getting out of an irregular metal balloon in the sky. ®