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Apr 12, 2014 7:52 PM by Monica Gouty

NASA: spacewalk needed to repair space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A repair job in space is being set up for the International Space Station.

NASA officials at Cape Canaveral on Saturday ordered this in response to what they consider a serious computer outage.

A backup computer for some robotic systems failed Friday. The main computer is fine and the six-man crew is safe, but the malfunction puts next week's supply run in jeopardy.

Mission managers in Florida agreed Saturday that a spacewalk is needed to replace the bad computer. But officials want one more day before deciding whether the situation is safe enough in orbit to proceed with Monday's SpaceX launch as planned.

NASA promised to decide Sunday whether to delay the delivery mission.

No date for the spacewalk has been set yet. Officials indicated it could occur sometime in the next week or so. The job is among those practiced by the astronauts before flight.

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