The expert suggested, could take the toxic benzene on the ISS
The increase in the concentration of toxic benzene in the atmosphere of the International space station (ISS) may be associated with conducting a science experiment with chemicals.
This opinion in an interview with RIA Novosti expressed on Thursday the head of one of the expert organizations of the cosmic sphere of Russia, Institute of space policy Ivan Moiseev.
Benzene is a colorless liquid with a specific sweet smell. Included in gasoline and used for production of drugs, plastics, synthetic rubber and dyes. Toxic and carcinogenic.
"Benzene is an organic compound, it may not then be stored or used at the station and be the result of some organic reactions. Maybe some kind of put experiment with some chemicals, some unexpected reaction- and that the source of benzene," suggested Moses.
According to him, the ISS is a "big shop", and usually in the shop present chemical industry, which are constantly leaking.
"It's a great design, where a lot of compressed gases, liquids can evaporate, leak," - concluded the expert.
On elevated concentrations of benzene in the atmosphere of the ISS, the Agency previously told in the press service of the Roscosmos. According to the interlocutor of RIA Novosti, the concentration does not exceed the maximum allowable rate, the crew is not in danger.
And on the eve of NASA said that in an attempt to find the source of benzene measuring its level in the Russian Zvezda module with the device for determining the air quality AQM. Later this week is planned to divide the atmosphere of the Russian and American segment to locate the source.
Now work on the ISS Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and John Wagner, as well as American astronaut Christopher Cassidy, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken.