Fire and smoke warnings sounded Thursday in the Russian section of the International Space Station, and crews reported the smell of burning plastic or electronic equipment in US sections. The Russian space agency has confirmed that a smoke warning incident occurred on Thursday at 01:55 GMT (06:25 Tehran time) while the station batteries were being charged. Is. According to the agency, a smoke detector in the Zvezda service module and the Russian section of the International Space Station was activated when the battery was automatically charging and sounded the alarm.
Following the incident, the filter astronauts They turned on the air to clear the air and then went back to rest as planned to be ready for the space march later this week. Although the crash has now been resolved, this is not the first, and probably not the last, time for the International Space Station to experience a disturbing situation.
Can be seen. Last year, an air leak was detected in the Russian part of the station, which was finally detected by astronauts in the Ziuzda module. Also in July this year, the sudden turn on of the Nauka laboratory module propulsion while joining the International Space Station caused an unexpected turn of the station. A rotation that experts took seriously the possible effects.
Russian equipment to reach the station is no better. In October 2018, a problem with the Soyuz rocket booster forced the capsule to land ballistic shortly after takeoff, forcing astronauts to make an emergency landing a few hundred kilometers away.
Also just a few months before landing Soyuz Emergency In 2018, the crew of the International Space Station tried to find and repair a hole that would significantly reduce the cabin pressure, and it was discovered that there was a hole in the Soyuz. Finally, Russian astronaut Sergey Prokopyev, while resolving the problem, declared that everything was calm. "Many of the equipment in the ISS is outdated and can cause irreparable damage." According to him, at least 80% of the operating systems in the Russian part of the station have been depreciated and he has warned of the failure of some parts of the station after 2025.
The International Space Station is aging and can not last forever Durable. But it is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. If it is not considered for retirement, for example, by taking it out of orbit, the permanent risk of collision with space debris and meteorites will eventually be eliminated.
It should be noted that despite the temporary technical defect, the process is ready. Going on a 6-hour spacewalk to work on the recently joined Naoka Laboratory Unit, as planned.
Cover Photo: View of the Russian section of the International Space Station
Sources: Space, Extream Tech