Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) admits that a glitch was the cause behind the unexpected shift of the International Space Station from its position in orbit.
A test on the radio system controlling the space stations’ docking procedure was being conducted when surprisingly, the engines of a Soyus spacecraft ignited.
Experts are now investigating the cause of the engine misfire after resolving the problem with the space station. Roscosmos assured that everyone on the station is safe.
The hundred billion dollar International Space Station is the collaboration of 15 nations, represented by 5 space agencies, namely: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. It was built to serve as a laboratory for new technologies and as an observation platform for research on astronomy, geology, and our environment.
The high-flying space station is almost as brilliant as the famous planet Venus and can be seen by the naked eye at nighttime as it travels around the globe. It flies around our world every 90 minutes at a speed of about 17,500 mph or 28,000 kph. It is the biggest, most impressive structure that mankind has ever sent to space.
Recent to this incident of a glitch at the space station, another Soyuz spacecraft had already experienced a problem that affected scheduled missions to carry cargo and crew.
Just last April, the Progress capsule carrying supplies for the space station suffered a technical dilemma and was revolving around Earth aimlessly. The space controller could not communicate with the capsule, resulting in a failed assignment.
But, despite this latest incident, Roscosmos announces that it will still go ahead with the plan to bring back three of the six crew members to our home planet.