Space Station astronauts perform repairs on leak in space

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The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) will have a "quiet weekend" after fixing a fracture on the hull of Russia's Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, NASA said in its blog on Friday.

Roscosmos has "convened a commission to conduct further analysis of the possible cause of the leak" but there's no danger to any Russian astronauts returning to Earth in the Soyuz spacecraft.

A European Space Agency astronaut, Alexander Gerst, reportedly had the quick thinking to put his finger over the hole, before the crew could patch it up with some tape.

Russian Federation will stop sending U.S. astronauts to the worldwide space station in April 2019, - was announced today by the radio station "Kommersant FM 93,6".

There are five astronauts now stationed on the ISS: three Americans, two Russians and one German.

To slow the leak, the crew used Kapton, a kind of industrial strength "space tape" that remains stable across extreme temperatures.

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Two tiny cracks were discovered in the spacecraft's hull and examined by Russian cosmonauts using impromptu means.

Nasa has stressed that at no point were the astronauts in any danger.

NASA officials have declined to say whether the agency has discussed procuring additional Soyuz spots with Russian officials. Flight controllers in Houston are continuing to monitor station's cabin pressure in the wake of the fix, according to the blog post.

NASA is working to locate and contain a pressure leak on the International Space Station, WKMG-TV reported.

Though the ISS is built to withstand hits from swirling space material in the form of dust, rocky fragments can at times be too strong or flying too fast for the walls of the lab to take them. "This is a section of the Soyuz that does not return to Earth", NASA said.

The ISS has on board three Americans, two Russians and a German, all aware that even a speck of debris can be a threat.

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