"Houston, we have a problem."
Those immortal words from the film Apollo 13 have become the daily mantra of the crew aboard the International Space Station, as the American and Russian crew repeatedly complain about defects in the Windows NT operating system running the £40bn project.
According to reports, the crew has faced continuous problems with printer configurations and internet access, as well as in the installation of operation and relaxation software.
One entry in the commander's log reads: "The day gets off to a bad start. The server connection to the net is down. We worked on it last night until 1am and could not bring it up."
But not all problems are down to the operating system. In this case it was a hardware issue, requiring the wiggling of cables in the back of the server to get a connection. In a similar vein, the team has reported difficulties with the CD drives on some equipment.
Until the crew finishes its four-month mission, technical support staff from NASA and the Russian Space Agency are being kept on their toes, sorting out technical issues.
The crew may be experiencing "going where no man has gone before", but it would seem the technology on board the station is prone to misbehaving just as much for astronauts as it does for your average network manager.
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