Roscosmos cosmonaut Ivan Wagner described the situation on the International Space Station, which arose in connection with an air leak in one of the modules.
As a reminder, the problem became known this week. According to preliminary information, air is escaping in the American segment of the space station – no leak has been detected in the Russian blocks and the pressure remains normal. Now the entire ISS crew, consisting of Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner, as well as NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy, has closed in the Russian segment of the complex.
According to Ivan Wagner, at present the air leak does not greatly exceed the permissible requirements and is compensated by the station regeneration means and the gas delivered by the cargo ships.
“Why are we isolated? To find the module that has this leak. On Thursday, we closed the hatches in the Dawn and Pirs modules. On Friday, Chris closed all the hatches on the American segment, then came to us, and we closed the hatch in Zarya, remaining in the volume of the Zvezda modules with the Progress MS-14 spacecraft and Search with the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft “. Thus, all modules of the station were isolated in the atmosphere and are monitored by manovacuum meters, and the Earth by telemetry, the pressure in the modules“, – said the Russian cosmonaut.
It is noted that before the introduction of the isolation mode, the oxygen regeneration system was transferred to a more efficient mode, and additional absorption cartridges for carbon dioxide were installed in the compartments where the cosmonauts are. The crew took with them the required amount of water, food and hygiene products.
“We feel great! We are provided with everything we need and can even do physical training and Earth observation experiments“, – sums up Ivan Wagner.
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