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Smoke on Station No Impact to Normal Crew Activities

Published by Rob Goldsmith on Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:31 am
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Just after 6:30 p.m. EDT, station Commander Gennady Padalka reported seeing visible smoke emanating from the SRV-K, a Russian water processing unit in the Zvezda Service Module. Padalka immediately shut off power to the equipment and the smoke began to quickly dissipate.

The smoke was not at a level that required the crew to take any further protective measures onboard, and they did not need to don breathing masks. There is no further impact to the station’s operations. Similar water processing equipment exists onboard in the U.S. segment of the complex.



The smoke did ring alarms on the station and the incident occurred about an hour after the crew had been scheduled to begin their sleep period, although crew members apparently were still awake at the time. Russian flight contollers are analyzing data from the problem, but there is no impact to the crew’s normal activities.

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