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The crew of the International space station (ISS) has been measuring levels of benzene in the Russian Zvezda module in an attempt to find the source of its emergence. It is reported by NASA on its website.
“A device for determining the air quality AQM was moved to the Russian service module “Zvezda” to the ground the experts were able to observe the change in the level of benzene”, — stated in the message.
Also this week is planned to divide the atmosphere of the Russian and American segment in order to understand where the source of the benzene.
It is reported that the ISS currently working Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and John Wagner, as well as American astronaut Christopher Cassidy, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken.
Benzene has on people intoxicating effect. In high concentrations is poisonous. It is used for the production of drugs, plastics, synthetic rubber and dyes.
In may, Roscosmos reported that the air on the ISS increased concentration of benzene. It was noted that threats to the crew of station no. Vapor concentration increased but did not exceed the permissible norm.
In 2019 the ISS crew felt an unusual smell after joining the American ship Dragon company SpaceX 2. It turned out that the atmosphere of the station dramatically increased the contents of isopropyl alcohol, the concentration of which amounted to about six milligrams per cubic meter at normal level of 0.1 milligrams per cubic meter. At
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