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Smoke on space station traced to water heater

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A galley water heater is being blamed for smoke aboard the International Space Station.
  
Russian astronauts reported smoke and a burning smell in their main compartment Tuesday. There wasn't enough smoke to activate the alarms or to warrant the use of masks by the six-man crew. The smoke came from a vent and dissipated within a half-hour or so.
  
Commander Steven Swanson says there was only a small amount of smoke and everyone was fine.
  
The astronauts quickly disconnected the electric water-heating unit and activated air purifiers in the Zvezda (zuh-VEZ-duh) compartment, Russian for star.
  
On Wednesday, the astronauts installed a spare unit. NASA says it's working normally.
  
A similar problem occurred in 2009.
  
The astronauts say they didn't see anything unusual with the removed device.
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