Space station reports ‘leak’; crew not in danger

Space station reports ‘leak’; crew not in danger

Space station reports ‘leak’; crew not in danger

The fix was made to address a leak that had caused a minor reduction of station pressure.

Yesterday night International Space Station mission control noticed a pressure reduction.

NASA and Roscosmos said that the team then performed tests and troubleshooting to figure out exactly where the leak originated from.

The hole was caused by a tiny meteorite impact that punched a hole in the spacecraft causing a drop in cabin pressure.

The leak has been isolated to a hole about two millimeters in diameter in the orbital compartment, or upper section, of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft attached to the Rassvet module of the Russian segment. Because it was not deemed life-threatening, the decision was made to let the crew sleep.

The space agency told its astronauts "no further action was contemplated for the remainder of the day".

"Gorgeous now Alex has obtained his finger on that hole and I contain no longer deem that is the first-rate clear up for it", NASA's mission control reported over a dwell feed with the ISS.

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After the hole had been taped up, crewmembers put sealant on a cloth and stuck it over the area.

Rogozin said the leak could be repaired from within, with no need for a spacewalk.

NASA says the crew was never in danger and will continue to monitor cabin pressure overnight.

Russian Federation is expected to provide rides for astronauts through November 2019, which is the planned return date for a Soyuz capsule from the space station, according to a July report to Congress from the Government Accountability Office. The capsule will also have to bring them back home in December.

A NASA spokesperson stated that they could not speculate at the moment if the three astronauts must return earlier or not, in case the small leak cannot be stopped.

Gerst, along with United States astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev, are due to use the same Soyuz vehicle to return to Earth at the end of the year.

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