Space industry spokesman said the cracks are non-piercing, but may widen
Russian cosmonauts have discovered new cracks in one of the International Space Station modules that could expand, a senior space industry official said Monday.
“Several such places with non-cracking cracks have been discovered in the Zarya module,” said Vladimir Solovyov, general designer of the Rocket and Space Corporation Energia.
According to him, this suggests that the cracks may spread over time.
He did not specify whether the cracks led to an air leak.
Earlier, Solovyov said that much of the ISS equipment is beginning to age and warned that breakdowns could become avalanche-like after 2025.