HOUSTON - UPDATE: According to NASA tweet, communications were restored with the International Space Station as of 12:34 EST.
NASA officials report that it has lost regular communications with the International Space Station.
The disruption started at 9:45 a.m.
At that time, flight controllers in Houston were updating the software onboard the station's flight computers when a relay system malfunctioned.
Mission Control Houston was able to communicate with the crew as the space station flew over Russia. During that time, the crew was instructed to connect a backup computer to begin the process of restoring communications.
The ISS currently is only able to communicate with ground control every 90 minutes, as it flies over Russia.
Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford reported that the station's status was fine and that the crew was doing well.