In the air on the International space station (ISS) increased concentration of benzene. About the Agency RIA Novosti said in the “Roskosmos”.

the Corporation said that threats to the crew of station no. The vapor concentration increases, but not exceeds maximum permissible norm.

Benzene has on people intoxicating effect. In high concentrations is poisonous. It is used for the production of drugs, plastics, synthetic rubber and dyes.

Now work on the ISS Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and John Wagner, as well as American astronaut Christopher Cassidy.

In 2019, the ISS crew felt an unusual smell after joining the American ship Dragon company SpaceX 2. It turned out that the atmosphere of the station dramatically increased the contents of isopropyl alcohol, the concentration of which amounted to about six milligrams per cubic meter at normal level of 0.1 milligrams per cubic meter. After disconnecting the ship’s alcohol concentration returned to normal.