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International Space Station pressure holding steady after leak

02 September 2018

To slack the leak, the crew used Kapton, a roughly industrial strength "residence tape" that remains stable across outrageous temperatures.

Flight controllers at NASA Mission Control Center in Houston worked with their Russian counterparts to enable the repairs.

The leak was detected around 7 p.m. EDT by flight controllers in Houston and Moscow.

The problem was first detected by mission control Wednesday night as a reduction of pressure in the station, but it was small enough that the crew was allowed to sleep all night, NASA reported. The leak, which is thought to be the result of a micrometeoroid, is described as not being life threatening.

Back to Earth the next expedition to the worldwide space station in April 2019 will complete the program by sending on the Russian spacecraft to the ISS, American astronauts.

'Flight controllers are working with the crew to develop a more comprehensive long-term fix'. The crew was never in danger, according to NASA.

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Russia's space agency Roscosmos said in a statement that "the safety and health of the crew are not threatened" following the incident. Flight controllers will monitor the pressure trends overnight.

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

NASA also stated that the hole was found in the upper spherical section of the capsule, a part that doesn't return to Earth, which means good news for the astronauts that count on the capsule to get back home.

NASA and Roscosmos on August 30 said the six-member crew aboard the ISS was not in any danger from what was described as a "micro" pressure leak.

The orbiting space station is cruising 250 miles above the Earth and is on constant alert for the dangers of meteorites and other space debris.

Gerst plugged the 2-millimeter-wide hole - which looks a lot worse in the magnified image - with his finger until the crew found a more permanent solution.

International Space Station pressure holding steady after leak