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Accidents can happen

4 Apr 2012, 09:55 UTC
Accidents can happen
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There was an explosion last week in my research room. No one was hurt and the effects were contained very quickly due to an excellent response of the fire team. Accidents can happen but here the consequences can be much … Continue reading →

Credits: A. Kumar
There was an explosion last week in my research room. No one was hurt and the effects were contained very quickly due to an excellent response of the fire team. Accidents can happen but here the consequences can be much more serious.
For ESA research I need to use lots of batteries that I had been recharging over the weekend. I must have slipped in over 30 Ni-Cad rechargeable batteries in their chargers over the course of the past week.
On Sunday night routine started to creep in and without realising and having read only ‘rechargeable’, I put a Lithium Ion battery in the Ni-Cad charger. I left it charging behind me whilst I continued to work on my computer late at night.
I got up and went to speak to a Concordia crew-member in another room. I was just walking past my lab to turn off the light and go to bed.

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