As the Kremlin fights war with NASA, the ISS crew discovers flaws in the module.
NEW CRACKS in a piece of the International Space Station (ISS) have been discovered by Russian cosmonauts, raising new fears for the space lab’s crew.
Russian officials confirmed the detection of “superficial” flaws in the Russian-built Zarya module on Monday. The flaws may still grow, according to Vladimir Solovyov, head engineer of the Russian aerospace business Energia, posing a risk of an oxygen leak. Zarya is one of six pressurized modules on the Russian segment of the ISS, and it was the first of the 16 ISS modules to be launched into orbit more than two decades ago.
Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, has not confirmed whether the cracks have caused a leak on the ISS.
Mr. Solovyov, on the other hand, cautioned that the situation might lead to a “avalanche” of difficulties in the future.
However, cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov appear to be going about their business as usual, preparing for a planned spacewalk on September 3.
The crew is charged with attaching electrical connections to the ISS’s new Nauka module, which caused the station to flip in orbit unexpectedly earlier this month.
“The crew has completed their study of the onboard paperwork and the spacewalk process, hydrolaboratory training movies, rails and working areas on the ISS’s exterior surface,” Roscosmos said.
NASA has likewise kept quiet about the fissures, preferring to concentrate on the arrival of a SpaceX Dragon capsule.
On Monday morning (Eastern Time), the spacecraft docked to the ISS, carrying supplies, experiments, and ice cream for the astronauts.
This isn’t the first time the 23-year-old space station has developed cracks, resulting in an onboard emergency.
After flight controllers noticed oxygen levels were slowly declining, a hole was discovered on the ISS in 2018.
Following a “minimal decrease of station pressure,” the cracks were finally fixed and cabin pressure was restored.
In 2019, 2020, and March of this year, similar instances occurred.
The announcement follows reports of a rift between NASA and Roscosmos’ top management.
An anonymous “high-ranking” Roscomos official earlier this month accused NASA astronaut Serena Auón-Chancellor of drilling into the ISS in 2018 to force an early ISS evacuation.
ISS personnel rotate every six months or so, at an altitude of about 253 miles (408 kilometers), orbiting the planet at an altitude of about 253 miles (408 kilometers).
“Brinkwire Summary News” reports that there are currently seven astronauts on the ISS: Pyotr Dubrov and.