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NASA: Space Station crew never in danger during smoke incident

The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis took this picture of the International Space Station after leaving it in July 2011. Atlantis was the last shuttle to visit the station, which was first launched in 1998 and built by a partnership of 16 nations. The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis took this picture of the International Space Station after leaving it in July 2011. Atlantis was the last shuttle to visit the station, which was first launched in 1998 and built by a partnership of 16 nations.
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(CNN) -- The crew of the International Space Station was not in danger while a small amount of smoke came from a vent Tuesday in a service module, NASA said in a news release.

The six-person crew called in the smoke report Tuesday about 2:40 p.m. ET. Russian flight controllers and the crew pinpointed the most likely source of the smoke as a heater and the crew turned it off. Crew members set up a fan and used a filter to air out the area.

Steve Swanson, commander of Expedition 40, said the smoke quickly subsided.

The Russian-made Zvezda service module is 43 feet long and 13½ feet in diameter. It is the site of living quarters and the galley, and the issue arose in a water reclamation unit.

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