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Wednesday, 1 September 2021

New cracks detected on the International Space Station


Launched on November 20, 1998, the International Space Station (ISS) will soon celebrate its 23 years of activity. Since its commissioning, it has been the place of occupation for astronauts of different nationalities and is a veritable orbital laboratory in which various scientific experiments are carried out daily. In the opinion of several experts, the ISS is aging and the risk of malfunction or degradation will increase over time. Recently, an example of this deterioration was detected by Russian cosmonauts under the appearance of several cracks in the structure of the Zarya module.

Russian cosmonauts have discovered cracks in the Zarya module of the International Space Station (ISS) and fear the cracks will spread over time, a senior space official reported on Monday (August 30th). "Superficial fissures have been found in some places on the Zarya module," said Vladimir Solovyov, chief engineer of rocket and space corporation Energia.

"This is bad and suggests that the fissures will begin to spread over time." The Zarya module, also known as the Functional Cargo Block, was the first component of the ISS to be launched, put into orbit on November 20, 1998, according to NASA. Vladimir Solovev recently said the ISS was starting to show its age and warned that there could be an "avalanche" of decommissioned equipment after 2025.

Following a series of technical incidents

The space station has suffered several recent incidents. Russian officials last month said a software glitch, and a possible lapse in human attention, were to blame for throwing the ISS out of control.

Jet thrusters on the Russian research module Nauka inadvertently reignited a few hours after it had docked, causing the entire orbital outpost to pitch out of its normal flight position with seven crew members aboard.

Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, also reported last month a drop in pressure in the Zvezda service module, which provides living quarters for crew members on the ISS that was caused by an air leak.

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, has said it will remain part of the ISS until 2024 and that it is open to extending its participation beyond then.

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