The Russian space agency later noted that the “orientation was quickly restored” by Russian members of the ISS staff.
The International Space Station emerged from its orbit on Friday after the Russian spacecraft’s engines were ignited, although Moscow said the problem was resolved and “no danger”.
The Soyuz MS-18 propulsion test led to the “temporary restructuring of the International Space Station” (ISS), he said. In a statement to the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
The normal orientation of Russian ISS personnel was “immediately restored,” Roskosmos added. The Russian company insisted that “the crew at the station and on board were not in danger.”
This is not the first time such an event has taken place at the ISS, an international scientific laboratory orbiting the earth. In July, an unexpected ignition of the engines of the Russian Nauka block moved the station connected by ISS 45 degrees. The crew had to run thrusters to retrieve the Russian section of the station.
Russian space conquest resumes
The Russian aerospace industry has faced many difficulties in recent years between failed launches and corruption scandals. But it wants to restart itself with ambitious plans such as building its own space station or lunar base with China.
The new incident comes as Roscosmos prepares to shoot the first film on Earth and bring a Russian actress and director to Earth aboard the ISS ship in anticipation of an American project with Tom Cruise.
Actress Yulia Perzild and director Klim Sipenko, who joined the ISS on October 5, are due to return on Sunday with Russian astronaut Olek Novitsky.