International Space Station leak: "Minute pressure leak" detected Wednesday evening

31 August, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Grady King
  • The International Space Station.                        NASA

The International Space Station crew on Thursday was repairing a small "leak" most likely caused by a collision with a small meteorite, the head of the Russian space agency said, adding the incident presented no danger.

Officials say the leak was discovered around 6 p.m. CST.

The crew of the space station is now in the process of patching up the hole and ensuring that the leak has been stopped.

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"Overnight and in the morning there was an abnormal situation - a pressure drop, an oxygen leak at the station", said Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin.

A NASA spokesman said it was premature to speculate on whether the three might have to return to earth early if the leak, even as small as it is, can not be stopped. "This is a section of the Soyuz that does not return to Earth", NASA explained.

After the crew awoke today, flight controllers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Russian Mission Control Center near Moscow alerted them to the problem so the astronauts could begin working to pinpoint the leak's location.

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Troubleshooting and fix work continued. Feustel commands the crew.

The station's current Expedition 56 crew includes NASA astronuats Drew Feustel, Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Ricky Arnold; Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergei Prokopyev; and German astronaut Alexander Gerst, of the European Space Agency.

Astronauts on the International Space Station have patched a tiny hole that caused a pressure leak on the Russian spacecraft docked at the space station that was possibly caused by a micrometeorite striking the lab. The space station is heated and pressurized with an air mixture so that the astronauts can breathe normally, and it requires an airtight seal to ensure that the air can be continuously recycled.

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