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Search of benzene on the ISS will resume in July, said a source

Search of source of toxic benzene in the atmosphere of the International space station will resume in late July, after delivery the new American analyzer air on the Russian cargo ship "Progress", told RIA Novosti source in the space industry.

On Tuesday, NASA announced that the search for the source of benzene had to stop due to the failure of the American device for determining air quality AQM-1 when carrying out measurements in the Russian segment of the ISS.

Earlier it was reported that the launch of the cargo ship "Progress MS-15" to the ISS, the carrier rocket "Soyuz-2.1 a" from Baikonur is scheduled for July 23.

In may, Roscosmos told RIA news about the increase in the concentration of benzene in the atmosphere of the ISS, not exceeding the maximum allowable normal and non-threatening to the crew. The source of benzene is still not found.

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.

Now work on the ISS Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and John Wagner, as well as American astronaut Christopher Cassidy, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken.