NASA: International Space Station Stable After Unplanned Firing of Lab Module Thruster

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Ground teams regained attitude control and motion of the space station is stable

Following the docking of the Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), named Nauka, to the International Space Station at 9:29 am EDT. (NASA image)

(NASA) – Following the docking of the Multipurpose Laboratory Module “Nauka” to the International Space Station on Thursday at 9:29 a.m., Russian cosmonauts aboard the space station conducted leak checks between Nauka and the service module. At 12:45 p.m., the flight control team noticed the unplanned firing of MLM thrusters that caused the station to move out of orientation.

Ground teams have regained attitude control and the motion of the space station is stable.

The crew was never and is not in any danger, and flight controllers in Mission Control Houston are monitoring the status of the space station.

Teams are also monitoring the impact of tomorrow’s launch of the Boeing Starliner spacecraft. Updates on the space station will be provided on NASA.gov and the agency’s social media pages.

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