Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Space station "stable" after leak

Space station

Yesterday, Russian space organization Roscosmos and the European Space Agency broke the news that the International Space Station had sprung a leak.

A leak was detected aboard the International Space Station Wednesday night, but NASA said it was "minute" and posed no threat to the astronauts now aboard the station.

Six astronauts are now aboard the station: Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA: Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency; and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev.

As reported by the Inquisitr, the ISS experienced a reduction in cabin pressure on August 29, discovered by flight controllers at Mission Control centers in both Houston and Moscow. It was traced to a hole about 2 millimeters (less than one-tenth of an inch) across in a Soyuz capsule docked at the space station.

The leaking Soyuz one of two up there arrived at the orbiting lab in June with three astronauts.

The hole in question was only two millimetres in diameter, but could have caused serious consequences for the crew if left unfixed.

In a statement, the agency said: "Throughout the day, the crew was never in any danger, and was told no further action was contemplated for the remainder of the day". Flight controllers will monitor the pressure trends overnight.

Flight controllers in Moscow performed a partial increase of the station's atmosphere using the ISS Progress 70 cargo ship's oxygen supply. All station systems are stable and the crew is planning to return to its regular schedule of work on Friday.

The hole is actually located on a part of the space craft which doesn't actually return to Earth, so they couldn't bring it down to fix and send back up.

Russia's space agency will carry out additional analysis for other leaks. Scientists know that there's lots of undetectable, tiny debris that could cause problems for spacecraft in Earth orbit, but there's not much they can do about it besides fix issues if and when they arise.

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