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

Muriel Hammond
September 5, 2018

"Soyuz commander Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos used epoxy on a gauze wipe to plug the hole identified as the leak source", says NASA on a blog post.

The crew aboard the ISS temporarily patched the hole with duct tape and a sealant, and are working towards a permanent patchwork.

The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) is working to fix a small leak on a Soyuz capsule that was most likely caused by a collision with a small meteorite, NASA and Russian officials say.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency knows that when you're living on the International Space Station, ingenuity matters.

A Soyuz flight intended for April 2019 "will achieve the fulfilment of our commitments under a contract with NASA related to the delivery of US astronauts to the ISS and their return from the station", Borisov said at the Energia Rocket and Space Corp., reported by TASS.

A minute breach about 2mm in size, smaller than the fingernail on a little finger, was detected in in the upper section of a Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft.

Day ago, August 30, ground specialists, studying the performance of on-Board systems of the global space station, found a gradual passage of the atmosphere into space.


This is not the first time a small leak has sprung up on the space station, which has been continuously inhabited by rotating crews since 2000.

Even so, there are two possibilities for the most likely culprit - a micrometeoroid or a piece of artificial space debris.

Worldwide space station and shuttle, artwork.

In addition to the micro-meteorites that already inhabit space it's believed that there are some 500,000 additional pieces of space litter now orbiting the Earth.

According to the space officials from NASA and the Russian Agency, the six astronauts weren't in danger.

Check back for updates in this developing story.

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