Cracks appeared in the International Space Station

MOSCOW: Russian astronauts have revealed more cracks in the US-run International Space Station (ISS), raising fears that the cracks could be even bigger.

These cracks have appeared in the oldest module of ISS, Zaria. During March 2021, some fine cracks were discovered on the outer surface of the same module, which were closed by astronauts stationed at the space station.

The cargo module ‘Zaria’ is one of the first parts of the International Space Station to be launched into space in 1998. This module was developed by Russia, which has been in orbit for 23 years now.

Astronomers say the appearance of cracks in the ISS is not a strange or unexpected event, as the space station is constantly orbiting in space at high speed, causing tremendous internal pressure in addition to “space debris”. There is also a face.

From a safety point of view, the outer surface of the space station is periodically inspected so that cracks and small cracks in it can be detected and closed in a timely manner.

According to the website, the cracks discovered last time were as thin as hair, while the new cracks are slightly larger than them, as thick as sand particles.

On the other hand, Reuters news agency quoted Russian media as saying that Vladimir Solovyov, chief engineer of Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, had expressed fears that the cracks at the surface of the Zaria module would be exposed in “a few places”. These cracks can gradually spread and disable the entire module.

The cracks on the International Space Station have so far been reported only by Russian sources, but the US space agency NASA has remained completely silent.

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