Small Air Leak Detected on International Space Station

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Flight controllers on Earth began to notice signs of a slight pressure drop in the orbiting laboratory around 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT), while the six crewmembers of Expedition 56 were sleeping, NASA officials said in a statement today (Aug. 30). It was traced to a hole about 2 millimetres across in a Soyuz capsule docked at the space station.

The crew of the space station is now in the process of patching up the hole and ensuring that the leak has been stopped.

International Space Station astronauts are at work repairing a hole that was detected last night. "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.

A leak has been found on the Russian side of the International Space Station, according to NASA on Thursday morning.

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After waiting an hour, Soyuz commander Sergey Prokopyev used epoxy on a gauze wipe to plug the hole identified as the leak source. "The spaceship will be kept, a fix kit will be used".

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

NASA is not now willing to comment on what caused the leak.

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

This developing story will be updated.