Smoke in Space Station Russian Module Clears Quickly


Smoke flowed briefly from the ventilation system of the International Space Station's Russian service module on Tuesday, but the apparent source was quickly isolated and the multi-national six member crew on board was in no danger, NASA reported.

The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m., EDT, near the end of the station's work day.

"They seem to have the power off," ISS commander Steve Swanson informed NASA's Mission Control Center in an audio exchange released by the space agency. "And there is definitely no longer any sign of smoke in the area. We believe it's under control at this time."

Swanson, a NASA astronaut, leads a crew that includes three Russians, another American and a European.

The ventilation system for the station's Russian segment was isolated from the U.S. Operating Segment with commands issued by NASA flight controllers.

Russian controllers pointed to a heater for the water reclamation system in the Zvezda service module, which includes dining, sleep and work quarters for the station's cosmonauts, as the smoke source.

The device was deactivated. The station's crew activated a fan and filters to clear the smoke, NASA reported.

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