NASA discovers leak on International Space Station

The International Space Station.                        NASA

Russian officials say the pressure leak was detected Wednesday night and may be the result of a micrometeorite strike.

He said the fracture was found on the Soyuz ship that brought astronauts to the ISS in June for a six-month mission and is now docked with the space station.

NASA said that flight controllers in Houston and Moscow spotted "a minute pressure leak" around 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

NASA's Robotic External Leak Locator (RELL) successfully located a small leak of ammonia from the space station's coolant loop in September 2017.

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Early this morning, NASA announced the International Space Station - one of the most expensive and complex structures ever built - is slowly leaking air out of miniscule hole just 2 millimeters wide. "This is a section of the Soyuz that does not return to Earth", NASA explained.

Crew members usually have to deal with leaks from internal tubing, electrical problems or failures of life support devices, including the space toilet, which experienced a series of malfunctions in 2008.

Today, NASA astronauts are working on repairing the damage caused by a small meteorite which is thought to have struck the station this week, causing an oxygen leak and sparking alarms to sound aboard the ship.

"As flight controllers monitored their data, the decision was made to allow the Expedition 56 crew to sleep since they were in no danger". The Russians wanted to do a permanent fix immediately and NASA wanted to formulate a temporary fix until a safe plan for a permanent fix can be worked out. NASA Flight Engineers Ricky Arnold and Serena Auñón-Chancellor are also on the space station, along with Alexander Gerst of ESA and Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos.

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