The alarm of ammonia, leak which compels six astronauts to move to the Russian side of satellite, turned out false. However, the news puts a big question mark on the safety of the International Space Station.
This is not the first time when such kind of incident occurred in the International Space Station. Thus far, the satellite has suffered from numerous maintenance problems like damage to panels and pump failures.
Stephanie Schierholz, a spokeswoman of NASA states that the government space agency have experienced worst things than this. In 2010, the actual leakage of ammonia gas occurred in the International Space Station. It is not that surprising as everything can happen in an entirely computer based environment.
The International Space Station is nearly 17 years old now. It is an outcome of continuous efforts of five space agencies of different countries. It has traveled around earth approximately 92,357 times. The space station is similar to the size of a football field.
It has reached to this place after numerous unpleasant incidents. It faced several unforgettable disasters such as Columbia shuttle disaster that happened in 2003. The space shuttle broke up on the 1st of February 2013. It took lives of seven astronauts. The incident left a large quantity of waster outside the International space Station. The U.S space agency cancelled all its flight after the incident. The scientists keenly examined the reason behind such a massive failure.
A few years ago, a system failure forces the crew members to live without thrusters.
All these tragedies give rise to merely one question: How much safe is the International Space Station after 17 years. To what extent, the space station can bear the technical problems.
However, NASA is all geared up to send an astronaut in ISS for a long time period of one year. It would be the longest time in the history of space. Generally, astronauts live for six months in the space station during research.