The International Space Station (ISS) is performing well following the unexpected restart of the engines of the Russian Nauka module after it docked with the ISS on Thursday, Russian space agency Roscosmos reported on Friday.
Due to a short-lived software failure, a direct command was executed in error, subsequently reactivating the module’s motors, and changing the orientation of the ISS, Roscosmos reported in a statement.
This issue was quickly resolved and the ISS returned to its normal position, ISS Russian segment chief Vladimir Soloviev said in the statement.
The Russian Nauka module, whose name means “science”, was launched on July 21 by a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, thus beginning an eight-day trip at the end of which it docked to the Russian segment of the ISS.
About three hours after docking, the module’s engines restarted, deflecting the orientation of the space station by about 45 degrees.