NASA Mistakenly Broadcasts Simulation of Astronaut Emergency to ISS

NASA inadvertently sent a message on June 12th about ISS astronauts receiving treatment for decompression sickness, leading some to believe there was an emergency due to remarks on social media.

According to NASA’s official ISS social media account, at around 5:28 p.m. U.S. Central Time footage from the NASA live YouTube feed showed that one of the crew members was suffering from decompression sickness (DCS).

The recording that has been circulated online has a female voice requesting assistance from the ISS crew in resuscitating the commander, taking his vital signs, and administering oxygen. The voice goes on to state that the commander’s prognosis is precarious.

NASA did not republish the audio or validate the recordings.

On X, a number of space junkies warned that the International Space Station was in the midst of a major crisis by posting a link to the audio.

The audio that was accidentally redirected from a space simulation where ground workers and crew members practice different situations has nothing to do with a genuine emergency, according to the ISS. It went on to say that Space Station is not experiencing any kind of emergency.

SpaceX, which assists NASA in sending people and supplies to the space station, disputed that an emergency had occurred. It was only a trial run. According to the report, all members of the Hawthorne crew and the Dragon spacecraft are in good health.

DCS, which is produced by bubbles in the bloodstream, such as nitrogen, as a result of changes in atmospheric pressure, may affect and even kill the central nervous system. It is referred to as “The Bends.”

The audio transmission occurred when the ISS crew was in their sleep period, getting ready for a spacewalk that was scheduled to begin the following day, according to the ISS report.  At the moment that the audio was inadvertently released, NASA’s ISS YouTube account displayed a notice stating that the transmission had been stopped.