The oxygen supply system, which supplies the Russian segment aboard the International Space Station with air, has failed, French media agency reports – the same Zvezda module that slowly leaks air into the room.
The Russian space company Roscosmos claims that the crew is still not in danger. Repairs have reportedly already started.
“Nothing threatens the safety of the crew and the ISS,” a spokesman for Roscosmos said AFP.
The system failed on Wednesday shortly after three new crew members, two Russian and one American, reached the station, bringing the total crew member to six – but fortunately the oxygen supply system in the US section is still functioning normally.
The news comes after a leak was seen on board the station. Crew members later identified that the leak was located in the Russian module where the oxygen system has now failed.
It is not clear whether the two incidents are related.
The cause of the failing oxygen supply system may have been old age, according to retired cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who spoke to Russian state media. The system was installed over two decades ago in 1
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