Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have reportedly managed to plug a 2mm hole in the structure, after it was hit by space junk or a micrometeorite.
On August 29th, astronauts on the International Space Station noticed a slight drop in air pressure, indicating a possible leak.
NASA and Roscosmos said that the team then performed tests and troubleshooting to figure out exactly where the leak originated from.
The leak was detected around 7 p.m. EDT by flight controllers in Houston and Moscow.
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A leak from a two-millimeter hole caused a minor reduction in cabin pressure in the orbiting space station, according to NASA.
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. Flight controllers, meanwhile, monitored the cabin pressure while working to come up with a better long-term solution. "All station systems are stable, and the crew is in no danger as the work to develop a long-term fix continues".
The minute tear, measuring about two millimeters (0.08 inch) in diameter, was discovered in the capsule's orbital compartment and was readily fixed by German astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, reports CNET.
As reported, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that the return flight of "Soyuz-MS", scheduled for early next year, "will complete the implementation of our obligations under a contract with NASA". This leak is much smaller than the type of damage caused by space debris in the 2013 film which starred George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.