Small leak detected aboard ISS

Small leak detected aboard ISS

Small leak detected aboard ISS

Air pressure on the International Space Station has been restored to correct levels after a leak was repaired.

Flight controllers determined there was no immediate danger to the crew overnight, but the crew as soon as they awoke.

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. Pressure sensors on the ground were monitored closely, and the astronauts aboard the craft didn't even seem to notice the issue, so officials decided it could wait until morning.

Depressurisation is extremely risky for crews on board the ISS and this is not the first time a leak has happened on the ISS.

The crew aboard the International Space Station is conducting troubleshooting and fix work today after the discovery of a tiny leak last night traced to the Russian segment of the orbital complex.

NASA said "the leak has been isolated to a hole about 2 millimeters in diameter". The leak, which is thought to be the result of a micrometeoroid, is described as not being life threatening.

A special temperature-resistant tape called Kapton tape was used on the leak site, which slowed the leak some, NASA said. Flight controllers have partially replenished the atmosphere in the station by using the oxygen supply from a Russian cargo capsule.

"The crew is in no danger and is actively working troubleshooting procedures", the space agency said in a tweet.

The Soyuz spacecraft is one of three spaceships now docked at the space station. The capsule will also have to bring them back home in December.

In fact, NASA have released a statement saying it is far to early in the day to speculate on whether they might have to return to Earth early if the leak can not be stopped.

But, according to NASA: "All station systems are stable and the crew is planning to return to its regular schedule of work on Friday". It caused a slight drop in cabin pressure as air seeped out from the 250-mile-high outpost, which is home to three Americans, two Russians and a German, Alexander Gerst. But there's no way to track tiny pieces of natural and artificial debris, which abound in the station's orbit.

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