Friday, March 04, 2011

False fire alarm rings on station

The International Space Station's crew this morning responded to a fire alarm in a Russian module, but was in no danger.

The alarm was a false one and the crew resumed its normal business, including an educational event at 7:08 a.m. and transfers of cargo from a newly installed module. 

Station commander Scott Kelly used a device called a Compound Specific Combustion Product Analyzer to sample air in the Pirs docking compartment to confirm there was no fire. A smoke alarm had triggered.

The joined crews of the station and shuttle Discovery, including a dozen astronauts and cosmonauts, are scheduled to answer questions from reporters at 10:48 a.m.

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