I’m sad .. or happy … to see that ‘unacceptable failures of commodity stuff like computers’ happen elsewhere. And what’s ever more interesting is that we are not alone in not knowing WHY!

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HOUSTON — Russian computers that control the international space station’s orientation and supply of oxygen and water have failed, potentially extending the space shuttle’s mission — or cutting it short.

Russian engineers aren’t sure why the computers stopped working. A failure of this type has never occurred before on the space station.

The station is operated primarily by the Russian and U.S. space agencies, with contributions from the Canadian, European and Japanese space agencies.