The Russian computers that control the international space station's air supply, water and orientation are down, the AP reports. The unprecedented failure could lengthen the current shuttle mission, or, at worst, force the crew to come home early, but there is no immediate danger. "We have plenty of resources, so we have plenty of time to sort this out," says a NASA manager.
The crew has a 56-day supply of oxygen left without help from the computers. Thrusters on the docked Atlantis are being used to help maintain the station's position. Russian engineers they think the problem may have something to do with the new solar panels delivered by the shuttle crew on Tuesday. (Read more NASA stories.)