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Smoke Detected Aboard Station Tuesday; Crew in No Danger

June 11, 2014
Image Caption: Some 228 nautical miles above the home planet, one of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station photographed this view of a sun-kissed solar array wing and a photovoltaic radiator (top) on the orbital outpost on June 3, 2014. Credit: NASA

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At around 2:40 p.m. EDT Tuesday, the International Space Station crew reported a small amount of smoke emanating from a vent in the Zvezda Service Module. In line with standard protocol, flight controllers at mission control in Houston followed emergency procedures to isolate the Russian segment ventilation system. Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson reported that the smoke quickly subsided and the crew was not in any danger. Russian flight controllers working with the crew identified the most likely source to be a heater for the Russian segment’s water reclamation unit in Zvezda used for dining purposes. The crew deactivated the device, set up a fan and a filter to clear the smoke and took atmospheric readings throughout the station to assess any impacts. The team in mission control is coordinating with their Russian counterparts for any follow up actions.

Capcom Hal Getzelman can be heard speaking with Swanson in this clip.

[ Read more about the day's activities here ]


Source: NASA



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