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  • Crew members reported seeing smoke and smelling burnt plastic.
  • Air filters were activated and the air was cleaned up.
  • Cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov opened the hatch and ventured outside the space station to prepare a multipurpose laboratory module called "Nauka" for operations.

Two Russian cosmonauts proceeded with a scheduled spacewalk Thursday after smoke alarms went off in the Russian segment of the International Space Station hours earlier. 

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said a smoke alarm was triggered in the Zvezda module of the ISS early Thursday during an automatic recharging of batteries. Crew members reported seeing smoke and smelling burnt plastic, according to The Associated Press

Crews activated air filters and the air was cleaned up. It’s not immediately clear what caused the smoke. Roscosmos said all systems were operating normally. 


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Thursday afternoon cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov opened the hatch and ventured outside the space station to prepare a multipurpose laboratory module called "Nauka" for operations. 

The spacewalk kicked off around 11 a.m. EDT and is expected to last about 5 hours. 

The Nauka module made headlines in July after it docked on the underside of the orbiting space station and accidentally fired its propulsion thrusters, pulling down the rear of the ISS and causing it to roll backwards. 

NASA officials declared a “space emergency” during the incident that lasted for about 15 minutes. Roscosmos said a software glitch resulted in the firing of the module’s engines. 


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Published on Sep 09, 2021