MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian cosmonauts took a video tour of the interior of a research module that briefly knocked the International Space Station out of control on Thursday, just hours after docking.
Russian space officials said a software glitch and a possible failure in human attention were to blame for the mishap that caused the entire space station to fly out of its normal flight position 250 miles above Earth with seven crew members to board.
Images released late on Saturday showed cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov opening the hatches and taking a brief tour of the interior of the Nauka module, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.
According to NASA’s account of Thursday’s incident, the mission’s flight director immediately declared a spaceflight emergency as engineers on the ground struggled to restore stability to the sprawling research satellite.
NASA and Roscosmos each said that the seven crew members – two Russian cosmonauts, three American astronauts and two others from Japan and France – were never in immediate danger.
Roscosmos, which this week discussed plans to launch another Russian module to the station in November, has suffered a series of setbacks and corruption scandals, including during the construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome in the far east of the country, where the contractors were accused. Of embezzlement of state funds. .
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