(ORDO NEWS) — A fire alarm went off that night in the Russian Zvezda module on the International Space Station (ISS).
The astronauts reported smoke and the smell of burning plastic. This follows from the negotiations of the crew with the Mission Control Center (MCC), which were broadcast by NASA.
Cosmonaut Oleg Novinsky said that at night an alarm went off in Zvezda, the crew saw smoke and smelled a smell. Later, the devices showed the presence of harmful substances in the area of the medical cabinet.
The source of the smoke has not yet been identified. The crew turned on the system for removing harmful impurities. According to some reports, the smell of burnt plastic penetrated from the Russian to the American segment of the ISS due to the working ventilation.
It is known that there are no plans to postpone the planned space walk because of the incident.
No reason to panic
Roscosmos said that this fact will not interfere with the crew’s exit into outer space, scheduled for Thursday, September 9.
Based on the decision taken at the Flight Center, we can conclude that there is no cause for concern. Pilot-cosmonaut, Hero of Russia Andrey Borisenko told REN TV about this.
“You should never panic at all. You need to assess the situation soberly. If the Mission Control Center decided that the cosmonauts continue to rest and prepare for a regular spacewalk <…>, it follows that a serious threat, any threat to there was no life and health of the crew and for the operation of the station. Therefore, the smell is, of course, unpleasant, but this is exactly what is unpleasant, it does not mean that the presence of smell disrupts the work of the crew,” he explained.
To eliminate smoke, an aggregate cleaning filter was included. After that, the crew continued the night rest.
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