Astronauts are repairing a hole on wall of International Space Station

International Space Station leak to be plugged after suspected micrometeorite hit

International Space Station leak to be plugged after suspected micrometeorite hit

A slight drop in pressure became apparent aboard the ISS last night, but it was a minor problem and the crew was left to sleep through the night, according to NASA.

The leak was found in the Soyuz craft, which is docked with the ISS, reported Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin.

A small air leak has developed on the Russian side of the International Space Station.

The leak was detected Wednesday night - possibly from a micrometeorite strike - resulting in a small loss of cabin pressure. Larger human-made debris in space, the size of a softball or bigger, is tracked from the ground, and if it appears to threaten the International Space Station, the orbiting laboratory is maneuvered around the material. "The leak has been isolated to a hole about two millimeters in diameter in the orbital compartment, or upper section, of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft attached to the Rassvet module of the Russian segment", the space agency explained.

Mission control in Houston and Russian Federation had differing opinions about fixing the leak.

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The Russian crew was going to apply an epoxy to the hole and seal it; however, Moscow officials eventually agreed to hold off and use a temporary patch, giving the temporary patch one hour before applying the sealant.

Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos, both from Russian Federation. "The spaceship will be kept, a fix kit will be used". Flight controllers, meanwhile, monitored the cabin pressure while working to come up with a better long-term solution.

"The crew safety is not in danger", he said.

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