Space Station Crew Repairing ‘Micro’ Leak Likely Caused By Meteorite Strike

Relations have been strained between Russia and the United States over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

They eventually discovered that the leak was coming from a 2 millimeter hole in the Russian segment of the ISS, the upper section of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft - which is now attached to the Rassvet module.

Six people are now orbiting Earth aboard the ISS - Nasa astronauts Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Serena Auñón-Chancellor, as well as Gerst, who is German, and two Russian cosmonauts - Oleg Artemyev and Sergei Prokopyev. The crew was never in danger, according to NASA. "Designers believe this is the result of a micro-meteorite".

It measured around 2 millimeters across and, during a live feed to Nasa's ground crew, staff apparently commented: 'Right now Alex has got his finger on that hole and I don't think that's the best remedy for it'.

The leak was detected around 7 p.m. EDT by flight controllers in Houston and Moscow.

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The United States Space Agency worked with their Russian counterparts to do the repairs. Flight controllers in Houston are continuing to monitor station's cabin pressure in the wake of the fix.

"At night, tests were held and the pressure was monitored for a lengthy period of time".

German astronaut Alexander Gerst initially plugged the hole with his finger, before covering it with duct tape.

The impact was received by the Soyuz spaceship, which ferried astronauts to the ISS back in June. The makeshift repairs seem to have stabilized the situation, at least for now, officials said.

As reported, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that the return flight of "Soyuz-MS", scheduled for early next year, "will complete the implementation of our obligations under a contract with NASA". Scientists know that there's lots of undetectable, tiny debris that could cause problems for spacecraft in Earth orbit, but there's not much they can do about it besides fix issues if and when they arise.

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