International Space Station leak to be plugged after suspected micrometeorite hit

56-57 crew successfully docked at the International Space Station via the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft

NASAThe ISS Expedition 56-57 crew successfully docked at the International Space Station via the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft

"A micro fracture was found, most likely it is damage from the outside".

The crew aboard the International Space Station is dealing with a unique workplace hazard, but NASA says nobody is in danger.

On Wednesday August 29, at around 7pm East Coast time (midnight United Kingdom time), ISS flight controllers were alerted to a pressure leak in the space station. It was traced to a hole about 2 millimeters (less than one-tenth of an inch) across in the most recent 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. It seems a small meteor caused a "minute" pressure leak, reports AFP.

Crew members usually have to deal with leaks from internal tubing, electrical problems or failures of life support devices, including the space toilet, which experienced a series of malfunctions in 2008. "This is a section of the Soyuz that does not return to Earth", NASA explained. "Flight controllers are working with the crew to develop a more comprehensive long-term fix", NASA added.

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The Russian space agency Roscosmos has not released an update.

The Russian crew was going to apply an epoxy to the hole and seal it; however, Moscow officials eventually agreed to hold off and use a temporary patch, giving the temporary patch one hour before applying the sealant.

NASA and Russian space officials stressed the six astronauts were in no danger. Feustel commands the crew.

The astronauts now onboard the ISS are NASA astronuats Drew Feustel, Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Ricky Arnold, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian astronauts Sergei Prokopyev and Oleg Artemyev.

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