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Astronauts at the International Space Station rushed to take shelter early Wednesday after an alarm rang indicating a possible ammonia leak, but that may have been a false alarm, the US space agency said.
The six-member crew donned emergency masks and hurried to the Russian side of the orbiting lab after the alert at around 4 am (0900 GMT), closing the hatch to the US side behind them.
While the Russian space agency told news outlets in Moscow that the cause was a toxic ammonia leak, NASA said a closer analysis of the data pointed to a false alarm, and stressed that the crew was safe.
originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: Soylent Green Is People
Yah, heart stopper. If they all flee the place and shut the doors behind them how do they go back and fix the leak without contaminating even the escape pods?
Would a real gas leak evict them that easy? Besides the it depends answer, I mean.
Then I thought "could they just vent the area somehow?" I'm not sure how all that works but it seems like an easy solution maybe.
originally posted by: JimOberg
In the big picture, here's an interesting take by Susan Helms from ten years ago about how the bipolar design accidentally provided enhanced robustness: www.nbcnews.com...