If you look closely at the latest photo of the International Space Station, you’ll see what looks like a cracked egg.
The “ice egg” is a pair of Russian thrusters that float in space on external tanks called Auxiliary Power Units. Moscow announced that it was investigating the malfunction on Tuesday. The craft’s crew was leaving the ISS late Tuesday and it was not immediately clear whether the “egg” actually damaged the craft.
Before the capsule’s next outing, however, it would need to undergo the much-tougher series of tests of its joints and thrusters, the Associated Press reported. For that to happen, it needs to arrive at the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday.
“We’re confident the proper solution will be found,” mission control told the crew and was told the craft was within reach. “This situation does not currently present a threat to crew safety,” a statement said.
After two days without anyone outside the spacecraft, crew could be seen pulling on the “egg” and releasing it.
They might have done even better on Wednesday.