International Space Station leak: "Minute pressure leak" detected Wednesday evening

International Space Station leak:

International Space Station leak: "Minute pressure leak" detected Wednesday evening

Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russian space agency Roscosmos told state news agency TASS that a "micro-fracture" was found in a side compartment of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft now docked with the space station.

A small air leak has been detected on the Russian side of the International Space Station, thought to have been caused by a small meteorite.

A small air leak was detected on the International Space Station Wednesday night (Aug. 29) but does not pose an immediate danger to the astronauts now living aboard the orbiting laboratory. At one point, NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, who serves as the space station's commander, counseled caution.

The hole is located in the upper section of the Soyuz, which does not return to Earth, according to NASA.

Mission control in Houston and Russian Federation had differing opinions about fixing the leak.


Space officials said the leak had been "isolated to a hole about two millimetres in diameter" and slowed through the use of thermoresistant tape, but added that a more permanent solution was being developed.

"There is no leak", cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev told Russian Mission Control. "The spaceship will be kept, a fix kit will be used". Flight controllers in Houston will continue to monitor the pressure in the station overnight.

The ISS first launched in 1998 and has on occasion had to adjust course to avoid a collision with space debris.

"The crew safety is not in danger", he said.

Check back for updates on this developing story. News 6 digital journalist Emilee Speck spoke to Harwood about the leak on the ISS and other recent space news.

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