ISS crew in no danger from ammonia leak

2015-01-14 14:40
Spacewalk ISS. (Nasa, AP)

Spacewalk ISS. (Nasa, AP)

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Moscow - The Russian space agency says an ammonia leak at a US segment of the International Space Station has prompted its six-person crew to lock it up and move to a Russian module, but they aren't in danger.

"The space station crew is safe," Nasa spokesperson Bob Jacobs said.

Roscosmos said in a statement that a "leak of harmful substances from the cooling system" prompted the crew to isolate the American module. "The crew is safe and is in the Russian segment now," it said.

The leaked substance is thought to be ammonia, the Russia Federal Space agency added.

"The crew's safety was ensured thanks to the quick actions of the astronauts and ground control in Moscow and Houston."

Nasa is continuing to analyse the situation, Sapa reports.

The space outpost is manned by Nasa astronauts Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts, Russians Elena Serova, Alexander Samoukutyaev and Anton Shkaplerov and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

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