Air leak temporarily patched at International Space Station

NASA: Leak detected on International Space Station

German astronaut Alexander Gerst initially plugged the hole with his finger, before covering it with duct tape.

When the International Space Station sprang a leak, Nasa and Russian space officials scrambled to find a solution. Due to the the article's tiny size, the lives of the astronauts contain been never in risk, with NASA adding that the "crew are healthy and loyal with weeks of air left within the Worldwide Dwelling Region reserves".

In a statement, NASA explained that flight controllers in both Houston and Moscow noticed signs of the issue yesterday evening. Upon waking at their normal hour, the crew's first task was to work with flight controllers at Mission Control in Houston and at the Russian Mission Control Center outside Moscow to locate the source of the leak.

"Overnight and in the morning there was an abnormal situation - a pressure drop, an oxygen leak at the station", chief of the federal space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

The air leak was the result of a hole in a Soyuz aircraft attached to the Russian segment of the ISS.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and Russian space officials however stressed that the six astronauts were in no danger.

The International Space Station's cabin pressure is holding steady after the Expedition 56 crew conducted fix work on one of two Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the complex. With the assistance of ground control, the crew combed through the ISS, closing off modules one at a time.

Well one astronaut has done one better and stopped a leak in the International Space Station with his finger.

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

But, according to NASA: "All station systems are stable and the crew is planning to return to its regular schedule of work on Friday".

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