Russian concerns about a build-up of mold inside the European ATV, now docked to ISS, has caused a delay in the opening of its hatch.


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Russian concerns about a build-up of mold inside the European ATV, now docked to ISS, has caused a delay in the opening of its hatch.

The Spaceflight101 portal said the delay was due to possible “mold and bacteria contamination on three cargo bags that are inside the spacecraft” and that a decision is yet to be made on whether the crew should use anti-mold kits to clean ATV-4 cargo before taking it inside the ISS.

The Russians had a lot of problems with mold in their early Salyut space stations, and understand the unpleasant consequences should mold spread into the station. Thus, I am not surprised if they are taking this issue seriously.

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  • Pzatchok

    They have to open the hatch no matter what.
    Its either that or kick the craft off without opening it up at all.

    So since it HAS to be opened just do the dang mold remediation and get on with it. Its not like its a big deal.
    Waiting three days to figure it out is stupid. It will not take three days to take care of the job anyways.

    Mold remediation. Like I said. half of an astronauts job is house keeping and facilities maintenance. Nothing a good trained mechanic and a good trained janitor couldn’t do. The rest can be done by any trained lab tech from any lab in the world.

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