September 28, 2021

International Space Station: smoke triggers alarm on board

Currently, there are seven astronauts on board the International Space Station

International Space Station: smoke triggers alarm on board

International Space Station: smoke triggers alarm on board photo credit: BBC

Alarms were triggered on board of the International Space Station after the crew reported smoke and the smell of burning plastic. According to the Russian media, the incident centered on the Russian-built Zvezda module which provides living quarters.

The ageing space station has suffered from a number of failures over the years and a Russina official has recently issued a warning of outdated hardware and failing systems. These include air leaks, misfiring engines and cracks.

The smoke was detected during recharging of the station’s batteries and the crew had now returned to “regular training”. The burning plastic smell was reported to have spread from the Russian section the US segment.

Currently, there are seven astronauts on board the International Space Station: two from Russia, three from the US, one from France and one from Japan.

Sources: BBC

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