ISS Astronauts Returning To Earth After Spacecraft Glitch

Posted: Jun 11 2015, 5:38am CDT | by , in Technology News


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ISS Astronauts Returning to Earth After Spacecraft Glitch
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  • ISS shifts position following a minor glitch!

The International Space Station (ISS) started rattling and shifted positions due to an engine glitch. Three ISS astronauts have started their return to Earth after spacecraft glitch.

An aircraft Soyuz has been docked at the ISS and is due to bring back three astronauts this week. However on Wednesday the Soyuz had a glitch in which the engine of the spacecraft started by itself and it rattled the entire ISS. The rattling by Soyuz resulted in shifting the position of the ISS.

The news was confirmed by Roscosmos itself the Russian Space Agency on its official website. The statement also read there is no threat to any lives and the situation had been handled in time.

The necessary measure to ensure safety of the astronauts has been taken and they will return to Earth as scheduled on the Soyuz. Additionally there is no threat to the crew on the ISS and it has been stabilised.

"There is no threat to the crew of the ISS, the station itself or the return of the Soyuz TMA-15M ship to Earth on schedule," the space agency said.

Other reports regarding the incident have come forward saying the engine of the Soyuz had turned on for less than a minute during a testing exercise. The crew had been checking the docking system of the aircraft when it switched on and rattled the entire ISS.

While another source claims the glitch occurred because the mission control on earth gave the wrong command to the Soyuz and the ship itself did not malfunction.

This is not the first time the Russian space programme has faced glitches and failures and is one of many incidents recently. In May a spaceship containing astronauts was delayed for launch after a supply ship fell back due to rocket failure n the earth’s atmosphere.

At the time the Russian space agency Roscosmos stated they will be designing a new type of supply ship to prevent fall back by a rocket. Some experts believe the recent failure are due to declining quality and management of the ISS.

And now 3 astronauts, commander of Expedition 43 Terry Virts and his crew mates Anton Shkaplerov and Samantha Cristoforetti, have started their return to Earth from the International Space Station after a month of rocket failure that delayed an earlier attempt. They had spent 6 months on the ISS.

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