International Space Station Repaired After Pressure Leak
- Author: Essie Rivera Sep 02, 2018,
Sep 02, 2018, 17:28
Six men are now orbiting Earth aboard the ISS, including NASA astronauts Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Serena Aunon, as well as Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and two Russian cosmonauts - Oleg Artemyev and Sergei Prokopyev.
Flight controllers determined there was no immediate danger to the crew overnight, but the crew as soon as they awoke. Flight control in Houston and Moscow identified the issue on Wednesday evening, but they decided the leak was minimal enough that they could let the crew sleep through it.
"At night, tests were held and the pressure was monitored for a lengthy period of time".
"An emergency situation occurred on the ISS at night and in the morning: a drop in pressure and an air leak aboard the station". The leak, which is thought to be the result of a micrometeoroid, is described as not being life threatening.
NASA says Soyuz commander Sergey Prokopyev used epoxy on a gauze wipe to plug the hole, while ground controllers used the reserves in the Progress 70 cargo ship to increase the amount of oxygen in the station.
The leak, which was discovered on Thursday, was traced to a small hole in one of the Russian Soyuz capsules docked at the station.
They found it in the Russian Soyuz vehicle used to bring three crewmen to the station on 8 June, among them Europe's Alexander Gerst, who is set to take command of the outpost.
Rogozin said the leak could be repaired from within, with no need for a spacewalk. This is a section of the Soyuz that does not return to Earth.
A Nasa spokesman said it was too early to speculate on whether the three might have to return to Earth early if the leak can not be stopped. But there's no way to track tiny pieces of natural and artificial debris, which abound in the station's orbit.