Astronauts scent smoke, burning on Russia’s ISS module

MOSCOW – A smoke alarm sounded Thursday in Russia’s section of the Worldwide Area Station (ISS) and astronauts smelled “burning” on board, Russia’s area company and NASA mentioned. The incident, which the Russian area company Roscosmos mentioned occurred at 01:55 GMT forward of a scheduled spacewalk, is the newest in a string of issues to spur security considerations over circumstances on the Russian section. “A smoke detector was triggered within the Zvezda service module of the Russian section of the Worldwide Area Station throughout automated battery charging, and an alarm went off,” Roscosmos mentioned in an announcement. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet mentioned “the scent of burning plastic or digital gear” wafted to the US section of the station, Russian state information company RIA Novosti reported, citing a NASA broadcast. The Russian crew turned on a filter and after the air was cleaned up the astronauts went again to sleep, Roscosmos mentioned.

The area company mentioned {that a} deliberate spacewalk would go forward as scheduled. 

Russia’s Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov are scheduled to depart the station to proceed work on the Nauka science module that docked in July.

  “All programs are working usually,” Roscosmos mentioned.

The Russian section of the ISS has skilled a number of issues lately and an area official warned final month that old-fashioned software program may result in “irreparable failures”.

The Zvezda service module, a part of the Russian section, has skilled a number of air leaks, together with earlier this yr and in 2019.

Citing considerations stemming from ageing {hardware}, Russia has beforehand indicated that it plans to depart the ISS after 2025 and launch its personal orbital station. 

In July, the whole ISS tilted out of orbit after the thrusters of the Nauka module reignited a number of hours after docking.

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