On the ISS, the water extraction system has broken: perhaps the cause is a leak

In the American module Tranquility on the International Space Station (ISS), the acquisition system has failed

water WPA.This equipment is used to convert water from several sources - condensation of atmospheric moisture and urine of astronauts - into clean drinking water for the crew members aboard the International Space Station. There are similar installations on the Russian segment. Such systems for the regeneration of water from condensate of atmospheric moisture - SRV-K2M and from urine - SRV-U-RS.

The Water Processor Unit (WPA) in the Tranquility has been disabled due to a possible leak.

The crew is not in danger, and it hasseveral spare parts on board to start the repair process. It is expected to end early next week. The space station stores enough water to provide the crew with the necessary consumables for several months, if required.

Now the Russians Oleg Novitsky and Petr Dubrov, the Americans Mark Vande Hai, Shane Kimbrow and Megan MacArthur, the Japanese Akihiko Hoshide and the Frenchman Tom Peske are working on board the International Space Station.

The space station plays a vital role intesting and improving life support technologies that will be required for future missions to the Moon and Mars. The refurbishment provides invaluable data to engineers modifying these systems for use in future spacecraft and missions.

NASA also reports that on board the station, research continues on the immune system, eyes and ears of the 65th ISS crew.

Veteran cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky is now workingon Russian maintenance work. Pyotr Dubrov, who first flew into space, was doing orbital plumbing on Wednesday morning and checking the stations' cameras and ventilation systems.

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