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Don’t panic: Space station crew works to patch up tiny air leak in docked Soyuz craft

30 Aug 2018, 15:58 UTC
Don’t panic: Space station crew works to patch up tiny air leak in docked Soyuz craft
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An air leak on the International Space Station has been localized to a Russian Soyuz spacecraft like this one. The orbital compartment is the upper chamber of the Soyuz shown here. (NASA Photo)
The International Space Station’s flight controllers detected a minute pressure leak overnight, but reports indicated that a fix is in the works. The six-person crew is in no danger, NASA said.
In a status update, NASA said the leak was isolated to a hole that’s about 2 millimeters (0.07 inches) in diameter in the orbital compartment of the Soyuz MS-09’s orbital module, which is attached to Russia’s Rassvet module. “This is a section of the Soyuz that does not return to Earth,” NASA explained.
The leak rate was minuscule, and the crew put Kapton tape over the hole to slow the loss of pressure even further.
Troubleshooting and repair work continued. At one point, NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, who serves as the space station’s commander, counseled caution.
“I’m inclined to ask my Russian crewmates to not put the epoxy in there, because we sort of feel like we’ve got one shot at this, and if we screw it up, then the implications are [that] one of these ...

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