Space debris punches a hole in the Canadian manipulator on the ISS
Space debris got into the body of the Canadian remote manipulator Canadarm2 on the ISS and punctured its skin, RIA Novosti reports.
The damage was discovered during a routine survey of the ISS hull by astronauts. The hole was photographed and sent to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and NASA for damage assessment.
It is noted that only a small section on the manipulator beam and a heat-shielding coating received damage. The incident did not affect the operation of the manipulator. At the same time, specialists from space agencies continue to study the condition of the equipment.
Canadarm2 is used by the ISS crew to service the outer surface of the station, move cargo and astronauts, and catch spacecraft before docking. Its control is carried out both from the ISS and from the Earth.
Recall that at the moment seven people are working on the ISS – the Russians Oleg Novitsky and Peter Dubrov, the Americans Mark Vande Hai, Shane Kimbrow and Megan MacArthur, the Japanese Akihiko Hoshide and the Frenchman Tom Peske.
Earlier it became known that NASA will not acquire seats on the Soyuz spacecraft in 2022.