The International Space Station (ISS) has recently experienced a rare and potentially dangerous accident. The accident was caused by the fact that when the Russian Nauka multifunctional experimental module arrived at the International Space Station for docking, it accidentally activated its thrusters to “push” the International Space Station away from the channel; the International Space Station deviated from its original position for nearly 1 hour, and the ground The team also disconnected from the astronauts for 11 minutes.
CNN reported that Russian Science is a multifunctional experimental capsule launched by Rosneft Aerospace for many years. It successfully docked with the International Space Station on July 29, Eastern Time. However, after the docking was completed, the thrusters were accidentally activated, causing the space station to lose control. Deviate from the original position.
The United States Space Agency (NASA) set this to be a “Spacecraft emergency.” After the International Space Station was hit by an accident, it deviated from its original orbit for about 1 hour. At the same time, the NASA ground team also cooperated with 7 people from the space station. People lost contact for about 11 minutes.
Fortunately, the accident did not cause major danger. NASA said that after the accident, the Science engine was shut down, and NASA and Russian Aerospace personnel on the ground also repaired it remotely. At the same time, NASA also requires astronauts to observe the space station from the window for damage or debris.
NASA stated that the emergency situation has been ruled out, and the initial assessment did not cause any visible damage to the space station, nor did it put astronauts in danger; the International Space Station has been corrected to return to orbit and is operating stably.
The report quoted Joel Montalbano, the head of NASA’s International Space Station project, stating that the detailed cause of the accident is still under investigation, but it gives the International Space Station team time to continue inspecting the newly docked Science Multi-Functional Experiment Module. Be prepared for the task. Of course, thruster accidents are still quite rare. In the 20 years since the International Space Station entered orbit, such accidents have only occurred 3 to 4 times.
(Source of the first image: NASA)
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