MOSCOW, January 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Inspection of the outer surface of the International Space Station (ISS) that has been carried out in orbit shows the stations has not sustained any substantial damage from cosmic radiation, Alexander Bobrenev, the official spokesman for the Khrunichev R&D Center told Itar-Tass Thursday.
Russian media said earlier quoting a source in the Moscow-based Institute of Medico-Biological Problems that the research done by the institute’s experts had exposed signs of destruction of the ISS outer shell under the impact of radiation.
“The Institute’s specialists did carry out analytical research to see how radiation might be influencing the shell of the station,” Bobrenev said. “This imageneering was done on the ground and its results, quite naturally, differ from the real technical status of the station in orbit.”
“Nonetheless, a confirmation of station’s structural strength was needed,” he said. “Examination of the ISS outer facing was done and no real damage was established. Consequently, there are no restrictions on extension of the ISS service life through to 2020 and beyond.”