The astronauts from various countries, who are conducting several space researches at the International Space Station (ISS), were forced to evacuate a part of the space station on Wednesday after a computer glitch was detected.
The US space agency NASA said that astronauts in the US section of space station moved into the Russian side after an alarm raised concerns of an ammonia leak.
NASA, however, said that the preliminary inquiry suggested that it was a false alarm.
The crew of the space research laboratory was never in any danger, according to NASA.
Following probe, NASA mission commentator Rob Navias said that there was no sufficient data to indicate an ammonia leak.
“It’s becoming a stronger case that this is a false indication, which is great news,” astronaut Jim Kelly, at Mission Control in Houston, told the crew shortly before 8:30 am EST.
The precautionary move was done after ground control team found a rise in pressure in a water line in one of the two cooling loops at the station, which was a possible indicator of ammonia leakage into the line.
Butch Wilmore (NASA’s astronaut and the station commander), Terry Virts (NASA’s flight engineer) and Samantha Cristoforetti (a flight engineer with the European Space Agency) abandoned the American side of the space station after an alarm sounded around 4 am EST hinting of computer glitch.
The three astronauts joined other three Russian crewmates at the Russian side of ISS.
The USD 100 billion International Space Station, which is in orbit nearly 260 miles (418 km) above Earth, is jointly run by 15 countries and is overseen by Russia and the United States.