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Shocking! Space Station knocked off perch by Russian Soyuz again: NASA

The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Russian actor Yulia Peresild. Andrey Shelepin/GCTC/Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERS
The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Russian actor Yulia Peresild. Andrey Shelepin/GCTC/Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERS (via REUTERS)

The International Space Station lost control of its rotational movement, known as attitude, on Friday after a Russian Soyuz spacecraft kept firing its thrusters at the end of a routine test.

The International Space Station lost control of its rotational movement, known as attitude, on Friday after a Russian Soyuz spacecraft kept firing its thrusters at the end of a routine test.

Russian flight controllers were performing a scheduled thruster firing test on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft that is docked to the space station and scheduled to return to Earth late Saturday with three Russian crew members. The test window ended at 5:13 a.m. ET but the Soyuz thruster kept firing, triggering a 30-minute loss of attitude control. NASA said the station has been returned to a stable configuration.

“NASA and Roscosmos are collaborating to understand the root cause,” NASA said in a blog post Friday. The Soyuz is scheduled to undock from the ISS at 9:14 p.m. ET Saturday.

The incident is similar to a July 29 mishap when a new Russian service module, called Nauka, attached to the ISS unexpectedly began firing its thrusters.

In the meanwhile, AFP reports that currently on the station, Russian actor Yulia Peresild and film director Klim Shipenko are making the world’s first movie in orbit, a project the Kremlin said will help burnish the nation’s space glory.

Peresild and Shipenko rocketed to orbit in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on Oct. 5 for a 12-day stint on the station to film segments of the movie titled “Challenge,” in which a surgeon played by Peresild rushes to the space station to save a crew member who needs an urgent operation in orbit.

Peresild and Shipenko are scheduled to return to Earth on Sunday with another Russian cosmonaut, Oleg Novitskiy, who will also star as the ailing cosmonaut in the movie.

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