The International Space Station was thrown briefly out of control on Thursday. NASA said jet thrusters of a newly arrived Russian research module inadvertently fired a few hours after it was docked to the orbiting outpost.

Acc. to NASA, the 7 crew members aboard were never in any immediate danger. The malfunction prompted NASA to postpone its planned launch of Boeing’s new CST-100 Starliner capsule on an uncrewed test flight to the space station. 

      

International Space Station thrown out of control by a misfire of Russian module, says Nasa

WHAT?

The International Space Station (ISS) was thrown briefly out of control when jet thrusters of a newly arrived Russian research module inadvertently fired a few hours after it was docked to the orbiting outpost, NASA officials said.

WHEN?

Thursday, 29/07/2021

HOW?

The seven crew members aboard — two Russian cosmonauts, three NASA astronauts, a Japanese astronaut and a European space agency astronaut from France — were never in any immediate danger, according to NASA and Russian state-owned news agency RIA.

But the malfunction prompted NASA to postpone until at least Aug. 3 its planned launch of Boeing’s new CST-100 Starliner capsule on a highly anticipated uncrewed test flight to the space station. The Starliner had been set to blast off atop an Atlas V rocket on Friday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.