Smoke alarm rings at Russian Zvezda space station on International Space Station: The Tribune India


Moscow, September 11

Fire and smoke alarms sounded in the Russian section of the International Space Station and the crew said they noticed smoke and the smell of burnt plastic.

Russia’s Roscosmos space agency said the incident had occurred in the early hours of Thursday in the Russian-made Zvezda unit and appeared as the station batteries were being recharged.

According to Roscosmos, the crew turned on the air filters and returned to “night rest” as soon as the air quality returned to normal. The crew will take a walk in the space scheduled for Thursday as planned, the service noted.

The space station is currently operated by NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur. Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian Roscosmos. The astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and the astronaut of the European Space Agency Thomas Pesquet.

Novitsky and Dubrov are scheduled to take a six-hour spacewalk on Thursday to continue incorporating the Russian-made science lab Nauka, which connected to the space station in July. Shortly after the annexation, the lab briefly toppled the orbital outpost by accidentally firing on its engines – an incident blamed by Russian space officials for software failure. – ΑΠ


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