Air leaking from Russian side of International Space Station

Suspected meteorite hits ISS causes oxygen-leaking crack – but it's not a big deal

Suspected meteorite hits ISS causes oxygen-leaking crack – but it's not a big deal

On Wednesday night, flight controllers detected a tiny leak on one of two Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the complex, as the Expedition 56 crew slept.

Even with the scary thought the space crew could have run out of oxygen, NASA and Russian space officials have stressed all six astronauts on the ISS were and are in no danger.

NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos operate the orbiting space lab along with the European Space Agency, Japan's JAXA and the Canadian Space Agency.

Official statements refer to the meteor as a "micrometeorite" and the resulting damage as a "micro fracture".

The Soyuz module isn't needed to get the crew back down to the surface, so the crew just needs to make sure the leak is stopped.

Flight controllers, meanwhile, monitored the cabin pressure while working to come up with a better long-term solution.

Troubleshooting and fix work continued.

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The ISS crew reports that the leak originated from a hole measuring only about 2mm across located on the upper section of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft. SpaceX plans to fly Demo-2, its first test flight with a crew, in April 2019, while Boeing's Crew Test Flight is now slated for mid-2019, according to a new schedule that NASA released August 2.

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.

Astronauts applied Kapton tape to the leak site, effectively slowing the air leak.

NASA confirmed the problem and said it consisted of a "minute pressure leak", which crew members were repairing.

The International Space Station, or ISS, is a science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.

Using an ordinary toothbrush and an endoscope, they found that only one of the two-millimeter cracks had actually pierced the hull and was leaking air.

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