NASA regains space station contact

Tuesday - 2/19/2013, 3:41pm EST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The International Space Station has regained contact with NASA controllers after three hours of quiet.

Officials say the six crew members and the station are fine, and that there were no problems during the brief outage.

A NASA spokesman says something went wrong this morning during a computer software update on the station. The outpost abruptly lost all communication with Houston.

It was restored less than three hours later.

The station's commander, Kevin Ford, was able to briefly radio Moscow while the station was flying over Russia.

A NASA spokesman says in the past few weeks, the space station had been purposely simulating communications delays and downtimes, in preparation for a future Mars mission. The spokesman says this wasn't part of those tests, but that the experience may prove useful.

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APPHOTO NY113: FILE - This Thursday, May 24, 2012 image made from video provided by NASA-TV shows the International Space Station taken from the thermal imaging camera aboard the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft as it approaches the station. The International Space Station regained contact with NASA controllers in Houston after nearly three hours of accidental quiet, the space agency says. Officials say the six crew members and station are fine and had no problem during the brief outage. A spokesperson said something went wrong during a computer software update on the station. (AP Photo/NASA) (24 May 2012)

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