Crisis Briefly Spins International Space Station Out of Control

The entire ISS spun out of control at 45 degrees. Russia's new Nauka module docked with the International Space Station today. However, it suddenly fired its thrusters within hours of arriving, causing a serious crisis aboard the orbital outpost. According to NASA, the crew was not in danger. We don't know why the Nauka thrusters started to fire. This is still not known at the moment. According to Chris Gebhart, NASASpaceFlight managing editor, the entire station spun out of control at 45 degrees. Jonathan McDowell, an Harvard astronomer, isn't sure the crew was in danger. Advertisement Advertisement He wrote that he wasn't convinced that they understood the issue enough to be able say this right now. McDowell also asked the question, "How serious is the danger?" He asked, "Does anyone know what rate of rotation would cause major items to begin falling off the ISS?" He added that he wanted to know how close we came to a solar panel bursting off. In an email to Futurism, the spokesperson for NASA seemed to suggest that they were still trying to understand the story. Advertisement Advertisement We are planning a media conference for later in the afternoon and will issue a media advisory once we have it up, she stated. NASA updated Twitter to say that crew members were safe and that they will cancel their schedules today in order for them to concentrate on recovery efforts after the sudden loss of attitude due the firing Russian Nauka module thrusters. NASA's latest update states that the station is now in attitude control and in good condition. A tweet from NASASpaceFlight managing Editor Chris Bergin states that Naukas thought it was still trying dock. Advertisement Advertisement Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, made a mysterious announcement that suggested that there was a solution to the software problem. This story will be updated.

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