The oxygen supply system providing the Russian segment on board the International Space Station with air has failed, French media agency reports – the same module of Star, which slowly releases air into space.
Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos says the crew is not yet in danger. Repairs have reportedly already begun.
“Nothing threatens the security of the crew and the ISS,” a Roscosmos spokesman said AFP.
The system failed shortly Wednesday after three new crew members, two Russians and an American, reached the station, bringing the total crew to six – but fortunately the oxygen system in the US section is still working properly.
The news comes after a leak was noticed on board the station. The crew later found that the leak was in the Russian module, where the oxygen system has now failed.
It is unclear whether the two incidents are related.
The reason for the malfunction of the oxygen supply system may be old age, according to retired cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who spoke with Russian state media. The system was installed more than two decades ago in 1
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