The oxygen supply system has failed in a module on the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) but the crew is not in danger, Russian space agency Roscosmos said Thursday.
The oxygen supply system on the Zvezda module on the orbital lab failed late Wednesday, but a second system on the US segment is functioning normally, a spokesperson for Roscosmos told AFP.
“Nothing threatens the safety of the crew and the ISS,” the spokesperson said, adding that this repair work to fix the problem will be done on Thursday.
The problem emerged after three new crew members – two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut – reached the ISS on Wednesday to bring the current crew on board to six.
The problem is the latest incident on the ISS ̵
Roscosmos stressed at the time that the loss was not significant and posed no danger. But part of the problem was to pinpoint where it came from.
The crew believe they have now found the source of the leak. The spokesperson for Roscosmos said they would receive precise instructions from mission control to carry out future work on the problem.
Quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency, veteran Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka said Russian equipment aboard the ISS was well past its expiration date.
“All modules in the Russian segment are sold out,” 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 was now two decades old.
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