Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

What made the hole in the International Space Station?

What made the hole in the International Space Station?

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

Flight controllers determined there was no immediate danger to the crew overnight.

In September 2014, NASA awarded Boeing and Elon Musk's SpaceX a combined $6.8 billion to revive the U.S.'s capability to fly to the ISS station.

"Cabin pressure on the space station is holding steady after the crew conducted fix work on one of two Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the complex", space agency officials posted on Twitter yesterday afternoon. Upon discovering the two-millimeter (Zero.08-wander) hole within the docked Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, Gerst did what many americans would seemingly attain - he caught his finger over the opening.

"Throughout the day, the crew was never in any danger, and was told no further action was contemplated for the remainder of the day". 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.

In 2007, another leak occurred in the station's Harmony module in the USA section but officials said at the time the leak was no cause for concern.

Rogozin said the leak could be repaired from within, with no need for a spacewalk. Flight controllers have partially replenished the atmosphere in the station by using the oxygen supply from a Russian cargo capsule.

Well one astronaut has done one better and stopped a leak in the International Space Station with his finger. Nasa said it was premature to suggest the astronauts may have to return home if the leak continues to be a problem.

NASA also stated that the hole was found in the upper spherical section of the capsule, a part that doesn't return to Earth, which means good news for the astronauts that count on the capsule to get back home. But there's no way to track tiny pieces of natural and artificial debris, which abound in the station's orbit.

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