Space Station Crew Repairing ‘Micro’ Leak Likely Caused By Meteorite Strike


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

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 and Roscosmos on August 30 said the six-member crew aboard the ISS was not in any danger from what was described as a "micro" pressure leak. Earlier, flight controllers tapped into the oxygen supply of a Russian cargo capsule to partially replenish the atmosphere in the station.

NASA pays about $81 million per seat on the Soyuz to fly astronauts to and from the space station.

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

A small leak that was detected on the International Space Station has now been temporarily fixed. Flight controllers are working with the crew to develop a more comprehensive long-term fix. It's their ride home, too, come December, and also serves as a lifeboat in case of an emergency. "This is a section of the Soyuz that does not return to Earth", NASA explained.

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.

"Although the leak is small, if it had not been spotted the crew would have run out of air in 18 days", the Daily Telegraph says. Orbital debris is a persevering with threat to spacecraft, even the tiniest specks.