The astronauts are making progress in the fight against small air leak this is discouraging International Space Station for months, according to Russian reports.
The leak was first discovered in September 2019, but it was too low a priority for NASA and Roscosmos to deal with by August this year, given the short staff and high activity in the orbital laboratory, according to a previous statement from the US space agency. In August, NASA announced several measures taken by Roscosmos, Russia’s counterpart to the US agency. track the location of the leak. These steps included two crew overnight stays for the Russian segment to isolate the station’s components. At no point did the leak threaten the space station or the astronauts living on it, according to statements from both agencies.
Now the astronauts on the space station report that they tracked the leak yesterday (October 1
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The leak is located in a compartment of the Russian Zvezda module, as previously worked in the orbital laboratory. Russian cosmonaut Ivan Wagner, who has lived in the facility since April, called it a “scratch”, according to a Tass report, which also suggested the crew used a tea bag to track the exact location of the leak, but did not provide further details on the process. .
The astronauts also tried to fix the leak, but theirs reported to the control mission today (October 16) suggest that it may not hold, Tas said: air loss has slowed, but the module is still losing air pressure, according to their measurements. The crew offered to contact their American counterparts – currently Chris Cassidy and Kate Rubins – for a different type of patch mechanism.
“Maybe we should try the enhanced patches that our partners have? We can talk to them. That’s because the current patch isn’t as effective,” the astronauts said. according to the Tass report.
Meanwhile, Roscosmos is already working on a failed oxygen supply system for the same module, according to AFP. The system failed on Wednesday (October 14th) after three new crew members arrived this morning and do not pose a threat to the crew, a Roscosmos spokesman told AFP.
Both editions represent the orbital laboratory, showing its age: The station has a permanent staff for nearly 20 years and the oldest pieces of the complex were launched in 1998.
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