The oxygen supply system failed in a module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS), but the crew is not in danger, the Russian space agency Roscosmos announced on Thursday.
The star’s oxygen supply system in the orbital laboratory failed late Wednesday, but a second US segment system is operating normally, a Roscosmos spokesman told AFP.
“Nothing threatens the safety of the crew and the ISS,” the spokesman said, adding that these repairs to fix the problem would be carried out on Thursday.
The issue arose after three new crews – two Russian astronauts and an American astronaut – reached the ISS on Wednesday to increase the number of current crew on board to six.
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Roscosmos then stressed that the leak was not significant and did not pose a danger. But part of the problem was finding out exactly where it came from.
The crew believes he has now found the source of the leak. A Roscosmos spokesman said they would receive precise instructions from the mission control to carry out future work on the issue.
Quoted by RIA Novosti, veteran Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka said that the Russian equipment on board the ISS has long since expired.
“All modules in the Russian segment are exhausted,” said Padalka, who holds the world record for most days spent in space.
He added that the equipment should only be used for 15 years, while it is now two decades old.
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