Smoke detected in Russian space station module
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A smoke detector was activated in a Russian service module on the International Space Station (ISS), Russian space agency Roscosmos said Thursday, and Russian news agencies reported that cosmonauts had smelled a smell of burnt plastic.
The RIA news agency quoted Roscosmos as saying that all systems worked fine afterwards. Plans for a spacewalk later Thursday were still in effect, the space agency said.
Roscosmos said a smoke detector and alarm were triggered on the Zvezda service module, which provides accommodation for ISS crew members, when the batteries were recharged overnight.
RIA, citing audio communications released by the US space agency NASA, reported that Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky saw and smelled smoke and that French astronaut Thomas Pesquet said the smell of burning plastic or electronics had spread from the Russian segment to the American section.
The space station has suffered a number of recent incidents.
Russian space officials said a software glitch and possible lack of human attention caused the entire space station to depart from its normal flying position 250 miles (400 km) above Earth with seven members of the crew on board in July.
(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; written by Alexander Marrow, edited by Timothy Heritage)