Space station shows signs of fatigue in structure,cracks are appearing warn Russians

Futurism

Astronaut Who Helped Build Space Station Says Damage Is “Serious”

  • Dan Robitzski in Off WorldOn September 23, 2021
Retired astronaut Bill Shepherd warns Congress that NASA should thoroughly investigate damage on the International Space Station before securing more funds.

Warning Signs

Bill Shepherd, the retired NASA astronaut who served as captain of the first crew to work on the International Space Station, just issued a serious warning to Congress.

The space station has been showing its age, with new damage and other signs of wear being found in various modules. Most recently, Russian cosmonauts spotted about half a dozen new cracks in their Zarya module. And while both NASA and Roscosmos say the cracks don’t pose a threat to crewmembers, Insider reports that Shepherd spoke to a House of Representatives committee on Tuesday, telling the lawmakers that they need to pay attention to the possible hazard, which he called a “serious problem.”

Cart, Horse

NASA is currently trying to secure another four years’ worth of funding for the ISS, which would allow it to keep the orbital outpost running until 2028, according to Insider. But Shepherd says NASA would be unwise to do so before actually investigating these cracks to determine not only how bad they are today but whether they’ll continue to get worse, as Russian officials have warned they might.

“Getting to the bottom of this is a fairly serious issue,” Shepherd told Congress. “I don’t think the station’s in any immediate danger. But before we clear the station for another so many years of operational use, we should better understand this.”

Scratched Surfaces

Shepherd warned Congress that there are probably other cracks on the space station that haven’t yet been found, according to Insider, and said that conducting a more exhaustive investigation could help determine the current status, not to mention the viability of the station during its last few years of operation.

“As far as I know,” Shepherd told Congress, “the Russian engineers and the NASA engineers — they’ve analyzed it — they don’t exactly understand why these cracks are appearing now.”

READ MORE: Cracks found on the International Space Station are a ‘fairly serious issue,’ a former NASA astronaut says [Insider]

More on space station damage: Russian Official: Space Station Damage May Be “Irreparable”https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-3917240511088275&format=300×250&w=300&h=250&ptt=12&iu=21766102111&adk=3739771671&output=html&bc=7&pv=1&wgl=1&asnt=0-35757351192642025862&dff=%22PT%20Serif%22%2C%20serif&prev_fmts=300×250&prev_slotnames=21766102003&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C354%2C0%2C354%2C705%2C354%2C705&ifi=2&pfx=0&adf=4246503069&nhd=0&adx=21&ady=3762&oid=2&is_amp=5&amp_v=2109102127000&d_imp=1&c=469592996710901&ga_hid=1442&dt=1632598090465&biw=354&bih=705&u_aw=354&u_ah=786&u_cd=24&u_w=354&u_h=786&u_tz=60&u_his=2&vis=1&scr_x=0&scr_y=1177&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwordpress.futurism.com%2Fastronaut-space-station-damage-serious&loc=https%3A%2F%2Ffuturism.com%2Fastronaut-space-station-damage-serious%2Famp&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&bdt=34677&uap=Android&uapv=10&uam=moto%20g(8)%20power%20lite&uafv=92.0.4515.115&dtd=27&__amp_source_origin=https%3A%2F%2Ffuturism.comhttps://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-3917240511088275&format=300×250&w=300&h=250&ptt=12&iu=21766102147&adk=2960205463&output=html&bc=7&pv=1&wgl=1&asnt=0-13390002601296267746&dff=%22Roboto%20Slab%22%2C%20serif&prev_fmts=300×250%2C300x250&prev_slotnames=21766102003%2C21766102111&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C354%2C0%2C354%2C705%2C354%2C705&ifi=3&pfx=0&adf=997601086&nhd=0&adx=21&ady=4018&oid=2&is_amp=5&amp_v=2109102127000&d_imp=1&c=469592996710901&ga_hid=1442&dt=1632598101751&biw=354&bih=705&u_aw=354&u_ah=786&u_cd=24&u_w=354&u_h=786&u_tz=60&u_his=2&vis=1&scr_x=0&scr_y=1603&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwordpress.futurism.com%2Fastronaut-space-station-damage-serious&loc=https%3A%2F%2Ffuturism.com%2Fastronaut-space-station-damage-serious%2Famp&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&bdt=45963&uap=Android&uapv=10&uam=moto%20g(8)%20power%20lite&uafv=92.0.4515.115&dtd=65&__amp_source_origin=https%3A%2F%2Ffuturism.com

  1. William Shatner Is Reportedly Taking a Ride on Jeff Bezos’ Rocket
  2. Scientists Say New Technique Could Turn Martian Air Into Rocket Fuel
  3. Head of NASA: Jeff Bezos’ Lawsuit Likely to Delay Human Moon Landing

All Rights Reserved | View Non-AMP Version

Published by technofiend1

Kazan- Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: