Leak at the International Space Station: Roscosmos admits a “slight” rise in temperature
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Two days after a leak was detected aboard the space station, Russia’s space agency Roscosmos admitted on Friday a “slight” rise in temperature aboard a spacecraft docked at the International Space Station. According to the agency, this anomaly may be caused by a small meteorite.
Today, Friday, the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, admitted a “slight” rise in temperatures. On board a spacecraft docked at the International Space Station (International Space Station), according to her without danger, two days after a leak occurred, possibly due to the impact of a small meteorite.
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“slight change in temperature”
According to Roscosmos, specialists from the flight control center and cosmonauts on board the station “conducted a number of tests of the systems of the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-22, including measuring the temperature in the living quarters of the ship.” Roscosmos said on Telegram that the temperature on this Russian spacecraft docked at the International Space Station is +30 degrees Celsius.
“It is a slight change in temperature,” continued the Russian Space Agency, which says that this situation is “not critical for the operation of the equipment and the comfort of the station crew.” She explained that it “does not pose a threat to the life and health of the astronauts.” “The required temperature regime in the habitable space of the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft is maintained by the Russian part of the ISS,” Roscosmos also supported.
A leak caused by a micrometeor?
According to Roscosmos, the Soyuz MS-22 leak, which occurred on Wednesday when Russians Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petlin were preparing for a spacewalk, may have been caused by a micrometeor impact. In the images broadcast by NASA, we can clearly see a jet of white particles plentifully leaking into space – a pre-coolant.
This incident raises concerns about the return trip to Earth of the two Russian cosmonauts and their American colleague Frank Rubio, scheduled for March 2023 aboard the Soyuz spacecraft. Four more people are currently aboard the International Space Station: Russian Anna Kekina, Americans Nicole Mann and Josh Kasada, and Japanese Koichi Wakata. The International Space Station is one of the few areas of cooperation still underway between Moscow and Washington since Russia’s attack on Ukraine, launched on February 24, and ensuing Western sanctions.