October 27, 2021

‘Staff trigger alarm on module of Russia’s Zvezda International Space Station after reports of smoke and plastic burning

International Space Station crews have sounded the alarm after smelling smoke and burning plastic on board.

The alarm went off this morning at the ISS’s Russian Zvezda module and was reportedly broadcast by NASA.

Smoke and burns were found on the ISS's Zweizada module.


Smoke and burns were found on the ISS’s Zweizada module.Credit: Reuters

According to RIA News Astronaut Oleg Novotsky told Mission Control in Moscow that the plane was alarmed and crew saw and smelled smoke.

Sensors later detected the presence of harmful substances in the medical cabinet area in the Zoizada module.

Astronaut Toma Paise said the smell of burnt plastic or electronics entered the US from Russia through a ventilation system.

The source of the smoke and the smell of burnt plastic are still unknown.

But the staff has turned on the system to remove harmful impurities from inside the module.

It was later reported that the situation has been brought under control and all the systems are working normally.

A spacewalk planned for today will also proceed as scheduled.

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