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NEW YORK, June 11, 4:22 /ITAR-TASS/. A smoke was detected in the Russian-build Zvezda Service Module at the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, but the source was later established and currently pose no danger to the crew, NASA reported.
According to the US space agency, a little smoke was coming out of the module’s ventilation system and “flight controllers at mission control in Houston followed emergency procedures to isolate the Russian segment ventilation system.”
“Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson reported that the smoke quickly subsided and the crew was not in any danger,” NASA said in a report posted on its official website. “Russian flight controllers working with the crew identified the most likely source to be a heater for the Russian segment’s water reclamation unit in Zvezda used for dining purposes.”
The device was immediately deactivated by the crew, which also set up a fan and a filter to clear the smoke.
Experts at the Russian Mission Control are currently coordinating possible follow up actions with their counterparts in Houston.
Besides US astronaut Swancon, the Expedition 40 at the station comprises US astronaut Reid Wiseman, Russian cosmonauts Max Suraev, Oleg Artemyev and Alexander Skvortsov and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst.