Alarm Triggered at Russia's Zvezda ISS Module, Crew Reports Smoke, Smell of Burnt Plastic
05:15 GMT 09.09.2021 (Updated: 05:55 GMT 09.09.2021)
© AFP 2022 / NASAIn this 11 June, 2003 NASA image an unmanned Progress supply vehicle (L), backdropped by the blackness of space and Earth's horizon, approaches the Pirs Docking Compartment (out of frame) attached to the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station (ISS)
Source of smoke has not yet been detected. Harmful impurity removal system has also been activated.
The alarm was triggered at night in Russia's Zvezda module at the International Space Station (ISS), when the crew reported smoke and smell of burnt plastic, according to the crew's negotiations with the Earth, broadcasted by NASA.
The cause of smoke and the smell has not yet been identified. The crew has turned on the system for removing harmful impurities from the station's atmosphere.
16 March 2021, 21:36 GMT
Later, devices showed the presence of harmful substances in the area of the medical cabinet in the Zvezda module. Astronaut Toma Pesce said that the smell of burnt plastic or electronics had reached the American part of the station from the Russian zone because the ventilation was working.
Novitsky and cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov opened module panels in the area where the smoke was detected and examined the area behind the panels but could not discover the source.
In October 2020, the space crew detected the crack in the transfer chamber of the Zvezda module and patched it in March. Later, another crack was reported and was also successfully sealed. However, the slight leak, deemed not to pose risks to the crew, has continued.