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Tension on the Space Station, it rotated 'push' from the Russian module

2021-07-30T10:00:23.747Z

Great tension on the International Space Station (ISS): about 3 hours after the docking of the Russian Nauka module, around 18:30 Italian time, the engines of the module started in an uncontrolled way, putting the entire orbital station in rotation (ANSA )



Great tension on the International Space Station (ISS): about 3 hours after the docking of the Russian Nauka module, around 18:30 Italian time, the engines of the module started in an uncontrolled way, putting the entire orbital station in rotation.

To counteract the thrust, the engines of some modules on board were activated.

The Space Station reached an inclination of 45 degrees, but the situation gradually came back under control.

There was no damage to the 7 astronauts on board or to the Space Station, but the causes of the malfunction must now be investigated.

Patti (ESA), unexpected but not serious accident

"It was certainly an unexpected accident but we cannot call it serious, rather 'undesirable'", Bernardo Patti, long-time ISS manager for the European Space Agency (ESA) and now head of the Exploration Program, told ANSA. of ESA, commenting on the incident on the Space Station due to the ignition of the engines of the Russian Nauka module. "In no time - Patti specified - there was a real danger of life for the crew aboard the Space Station". At the origin of the accident that tilted the ISS up to 45 degrees was the ignition of the engines of the Russian Nauka module recently docked at the Station. "The module had registered various anomalies from the beginning - continued Patti - and now theRussian space agency will do its own investigation to ascertain the details of the causes. "Shortly after the launch of the module, on July 21 from the Baikonur base in Kazakhstan, the Nauka module had made everyone stand in suspense for the failure to ignite its main thrusters but the ground technicians had still managed to activate auxiliary engines to get the module to the right altitude and proceed with the maneuvers to approach the ISS which ended yesterday at 15:29 Italian time. After about 3 hours, however, the engines of the Nauka suddenly turned on again "some of the valves for the control of the propellant had not closed", specified Patti.the Nauka module had made everyone stand with bated breath due to the misfire of its main thrusters but the technicians from the ground had still managed to activate auxiliary engines to get the module to the right altitude and proceed with the maneuvers to approach the ISS that had ended yesterday at 15:29 Italian time. After about 3 hours, however, the Nauka engines suddenly turned on again "some of the valves for the control of the propellant had not closed", specified Patti.the Nauka module had made everyone stand with bated breath due to the misfire of its main thrusters but the technicians from the ground had still managed to activate auxiliary engines to get the module to the right altitude and proceed with the maneuvers to approach the ISS that had ended yesterday at 15:29 Italian time. After about 3 hours, however, the Nauka engines suddenly turned on again "some of the valves for the control of the propellant had not closed", specified Patti.29 Italian time. After about 3 hours, however, the Nauka engines suddenly turned on again "some of the valves for the control of the propellant had not closed", specified Patti.29 Italian time. After about 3 hours, however, the Nauka engines suddenly turned on again "some of the valves for controlling the propellant had not closed", Patti specified. 

Source: ansa

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