On the International space station (ISS) increased the concentration of benzene. About it “RIA Novosti news Agency” reported on 20 may, the press service of the Russian state Corporation “Roskosmos”.
The spokesman stressed that the maximum permissible concentration level of benzene was not achieved, and the ISS crew is not in danger.
In Roscosmos noted that there is “increase the concentration” of benzene.
On the ISS are us astronaut Christopher Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner.
Benzene is toxic and carcinogenic chemical compound, a colorless liquid with a specific sweet smell. Included in the composition of gasoline and is widely used for the production of drugs, plastics, synthetic rubber, dyes.
The international space station is manned orbital station used as a multipurpose space research complex. In a project involving five space agencies: NASA, Roscosmos, European space Agency, Japanese aerospace exploration Agency and the canadian space Agency. The ISS was assembled in orbit between 1998 and 2000. 2 November 2000, the station went on the first expedition.
In 2014, the countries participating in the programme have agreed to operate the station until 2024, but “Roskosmos” I believethat its resource will be enough for four additional years.