Did a Micrometeoroid Poke a Hole in the Space Station?


The leak was found in the Soyuz craft, which is docked with the ISS, reported Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin. The fracture caused a drop in pressure and an air leak on the station, according to Rogozin, who said that the problem has been resolved.

In a status update, NASA said the leak was isolated to a hole that's about 2 millimeters (0.07 inches) in diameter in the orbital compartment of the Soyuz MS-09's orbital module, which is attached to Russia's Rassvet module.

The leak was detected Wednesday night - possibly from a micrometeorite strike - resulting in a small loss of cabin pressure. NASA has three members now aboard the station, Europe has one, and Russian Federation two. NASA officials said the hole was discovered in part of the Soyuz that does not return to Earth.

A long-term solution is being worked on and when complete, the crew will look for any further leaks. After determining the astronauts weren't in danger, flight controllers allowed the Expedition 56 crew to sleep.

Jennifer Ramírez, la modelo asesinada en Cúcuta
Las autoridades conocieron que hace dos meses la mamá de la víctima estuvo visitándola y después retornó a Venezuela . Jennifer Ramírez vestía una pijama corta, por lo que se presume que la muerte ocurrió en la mañana del lunes.

Officials from Houston and Moscow will continue to monitor the situation as the crew works through its troubleshooting procedures. NASA Flight Engineers Ricky Arnold and Serena Auñón-Chancellor are also on the space station, along with Alexander Gerst of ESA and Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos.

Astronauts are continuing to try and plug the leak but NASA and Russian officials have stressed the six astronauts are not in any danger. Feustel commands the crew.

This is not the first time a small leak has sprung up on the space station, which has been continuously inhabited by rotating crews since 2000.