Astronauts tackle air leak on International Space Station 'caused by small meteorite'

Crew inside the International Space Station are racing to patch a small'leak likely caused by a collision with a small meteorite

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. Monitors, observers watched a small pressure drop in suddenly, deciding to let the sleeping crew, as the hole would not be unsafe. the spacecraft "Soyuz-MS-09".

"As flight controllers monitored their data, the decision was made to allow the Expedition 56 crew to sleep since they were in no danger", said a Nasa/ISS blog post.

The Russian space agency Roscosmos has convened a commission to conduct further analysis of the possible reason behind the leak.

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

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Before you panic for the courageous astronauts that live up there six months of the year, the incident, was possibly caused by a micrometeorite strike, only left a 2mm hole in a capsule docked at the station. This is a section of the Soyuz that does not return to Earth.

"Flight controllers are working with the crew to develop a more comprehensive long-term fix", according to NASA.

NASA said the ISS still had enough oxygen to last the crew for weeks but if the breach had not been sealed, it would have drained the ISS of air in just 18 days.

Even so, there are two possibilities for the most likely culprit - a micrometeoroid or a piece of artificial space debris. Flight controllers are working with the crew to develop a more comprehensive long-term fix.

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In addition to the micro-meteorites that already inhabit space it's believed that there are some 500,000 additional pieces of space litter now orbiting the Earth.

This Soyuz - one of two up there - arrived at the orbiting lab in June with three astronauts. "The design engineers believe it is the result of a micrometeorite".

The station has been mostly a collaboration between USA and Russian crews during its decade and a half of continuous operation.

NASA and Russian space officials stressed Thursday that the six astronauts are in no danger.

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