An unplanned engine launch of a Russian spacecraft briefly disabled the International Space Station. This is the second such incident in less than three months.
The Russians accidentally deployed the ISS / Photo: NASA
The Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, which is to return cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky to Earth, film director Klim Shipenko and actor Yulia Peresild, conducted scheduled pre-flight tests.
Later Interfax reported that the orbiting laboratory had deviated from its normal orientation by 57 degrees.
However, in Russia the incident was treated negligently, despite the fact that this is the second case provoked by the Russians in less than three months.
“Never mind Oleg, you’ll think about turning the station around 57 degrees, no big deal,” said Vladimir Solovyov, flight director of the Russian segment, during negotiations with cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky.
Within 30 minutes, air traffic controllers restored the orientation of the space station, it is now in a stable position. It is noted that during the incident, the crew did not sleep, and nothing threatened him.
Currently 10 crew members work on board the ISS: Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Peter Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov, actress Julia Peresild and filmmaker Klim Shipenko, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hay, Shane Kimbrough and Megan MacArthur, ESA astronaut Tom Peske and astronaut of the Japan Aerospace Research Agency Akihiko.
Space station earlier was accidentally deployed on July 29when the engines of the arrived Russian module “Science” made an unscheduled start.
That incident was more serious: the orbital laboratory turned approximately 540 degrees… Russian officials linked the event to a software glitch.