MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. An escape of hazardous substances has occurred at the US segment of the International Space Station (ISS), the information policies office of the Russian space agency Roscosmos told TASS.
“An escape of hazardous substances from the cooling system inside the US segment of the ISS occurred at about 11:44 Moscow time. At the moment, the US segment has been isolated. The crew are safe inside the Russian segment. The presence of pollutants in the air inside the Russian segment of the ISS is within tolerance limits,” a Roscosmos official said.
“The response of the crew and Mission Control shifts on duty in Moscow and Houston to the emergency was fast and well-coordinated. Now it is up to the US side to decide on further action to be taken inside the US segment. Mission Control in Houston is analyzing the condition of the US segment of the ISS,” the chief of Russia’s Mission Control Maxim Matyushin said.
Roscosmos has no plans for evacuating the crew of the International Space Station following an escape of hazardous substances into the air inside the US segment of the ISS.
“Evacuation is not on the agenda. The situation is being examined,” Matyushin said.