For the six astronauts on the 250-mile-high ISS, now home to three Americans, two Russians and one German, things like orbital debris is always constant threat, even the tiny 2mm pieces.
Astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) are investigating a pressure leak on the Russian side of the orbital outpost, but officials say the leak is small and there is no danger to the crew. They began locking down modules of the station one after another, and were eventually able to detect the source of the problem in the Soyuz spacecraft docked to the ISS.
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 31 (ANI): The United States space agency NASA and its Russian counterpart Roscosmos have identified and repaired a minute pressure leak, which resulted in a minor loss of cabin pressure.
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Nasa has stressed that at no point were the astronauts in any danger.
The Russian astronaut stopped the oxygen leak with a bit of epoxy and cotton gauze after it was first taped over with heat resistant tape. In classic handyman fashion, the crew used Kapton tape to seal-up the tiny hole while a better solution is being contemplated, America's ABC News reports.
Russia's space agency will carry out additional analysis for other leaks.
Feustel reportedly wanted to take 24 hours to consider all the possible fix options, since the leak posed no immediate serious threat to the station and the crew. All station systems are reported to be stable and the crew is planning to return to its regular schedule of work on Friday.
NASA said: "Flight controllers will monitor pressure trends overnight".