Fire and smoke alarms went off in the Russian segment of the International Space Station, and the crew reported noticing smoke and the smell of burning plastic.
Russian space agency Roscosmos said the incident took place in the early hours of Thursday in the Russian-built Zvezda module and occurred when recharging the batteries of the station.
According to Roscosmos, the crew activated the air filters and returned to their “nightly rest” once the air quality returned to normal. The crew will conduct a spacewalk scheduled for Thursday as scheduled, the agency noted.
The space station is currently operated by NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur; Oleg Novitsky and Piotréat from the Roscosmos Russians; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
Novitsky and Dubrovnik are scheduled for a six-hour spacewalk on Thursday to continue joining the Russian-built science lab Nauka, which docked with the space station in July. Shortly after docking, the lab briefly dislodged the orbital outpost by accidentally firing its engines – an incident that Russian space officials blamed on a software failure. – AP