Accident in orbit! Cosmonauts scramble to right TILTED space station after new Russian module Nauka takes ISS for a spin | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Accident in orbit! Cosmonauts scramble to right TILTED space station after new Russian module Nauka takes ISS for a spin

The International Space Station is in stable orbit again, after the crew and ground control scrambled to neutralize the spin caused by thrusters on the newly docked Russian ‘Nauka’ module firing unexpectedly.

Roscosmos announced the docking of ‘Nauka’ on Thursday, the first new Russian component of the ISS in over a decade, which replaced the 20-year-old ‘Pirs.’

Around 16:45 GMT, however, the module’s thrusters began to fire, pushing the ISS about 45 degrees out of its normal rotation.

As the station began to spin, ground control told the crew to close the windows and fire thrusters on the ‘Zvezda’ service module as a counter. The Progress 78 robotic supply ship, which is currently docked with the station, also helped the process.

The move ended up “effectively countering” the errant thrusters, according to chatter from ground control picked up by reporters.

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