Air leaks from International Space Station, astronauts safe

ISS suffers air leak but the crew is safe NASA says

ISS suffers air leak but the crew is safe NASA says

Russia's agreement to shuttle NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Soyuz rockets will end in April, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov confirmed to media, and this contract may not be extended in a bid to pressurize Trump administration.

A leak was spotted on the ISS by NASA after a "meteorite crash" smashed into it and ripped a hole in the station.

Both NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) argued the breach was not unsafe enough to wake the astronauts from their slumber.

The issue came to light after the mission flight controllers in Moscow and Houston noticed a fall in cabin pressure on Wednesday night.

The source of the problem was traced back to a tiny tear in the shell of the Soyuz MS-09 capsule docked with the Rassvet module on the Russian side of the space station.

During a live feed broadcast from the ISS a crew controller on Earth was heard saying German astronaut Alexander Gerst had plugged the hole with his finger.

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A minute breach about 2mm in size, smaller than the fingernail on a little finger, was detected in in the upper section of a Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft.

NASA and Roscosmos said that the team then performed tests and troubleshooting to figure out exactly where the leak originated from.

"Flight controllers are working with the crew to develop a more comprehensive long-term fix", NASA pointed out in a status update.

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Since the small air leak was discovered and up to the moment it was contained, the astronauts were safe from harm. Experts have been warning for years that space junk, from defunct satellites and spacecraft, poses a serious threat to the ISS.

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.

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