International Space Station: Smoke triggers alert on board

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Alarms were triggered on board the International Space Station after the crew reported smoke and the smell of burning plastic. The incident centred on the Russian-built Zvezda module which provides living quarters, Russian media report. The ageing space station has suffered a number of failures over the years and a Russian official recently warned of outdated hardware and failing systems. These include air leaks, misfiring engines and cracks. Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, said later that all systems were back to normal. The smoke was detected during recharging of the station’s batteries, the agency said, and the crew had now returned to ‘regular training.’ The burning plastic smell was reported to have spread from the Russian section to the US segment.” (09/09/21)