Cracks reported on the International Space Station



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Friday, September 3, 2021 at 1:55 PM – These have been identified on the Zarya module, the oldest in the station.


With less than three years of its supposed end of activity, cracks have been identified on the International Space Station (ISS). These are the tenants of the ISS who noticed these in the fuselage of the Zarya module, launched into space more than 20 years ago.

A worrying situation

According to the chief engineer of the Russian company Energia, Vladimir Solovyov, the discovery is worrying since there remains a risk that they will spread further and endanger the safety of the inhabitants of the station. It should be noted that at least 80% of the flight systems of the Russian part of the ISS have passed their expiration date.

The chief engineer, who is also a former cosmonaut, also said that shallow cracks were found on the Russian cargo module Zarya.

An aging structure

Inaugurated in November 1998, the ISS has started to show signs of old age in recent years, and has been the subject of multiple works to increase its life expectancy. Among other things, in the fall of 2020, the residents of the station finally succeeded in identifying the source of an air leak that had lasted… since September 2019. If initially, the leak was minimal and did not worry the astronauts besides. However, its increase in August 2020 had motivated them to step up their research.

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Normally, the International Space Station should continue its activities until 2024. However, several space agencies, including NASA, have indicated that they want to extend their presence on board beyond this date.

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