Astronauts arrive home at International Space Station air leak


Space Station deputy manager Kenny Todd said the leak was first detected a year ago but had increased in the last few months. Todd said during a NASA briefing on Tuesday that fresh tests Monday night showed the leak was in a service module in the Russian section.

“We’re going to try and put a better point on our troubleshooting plan, stating that the team is working out of the same rut as before,” Tod said.

Russian space agency Roskosmos confirmed that the leak was coming from one of its service modules.

“Currently, a search is underway to properly locate the leak,” the agency Tweeted. “The situation is not a threat to the life and health of the crew and does not impede the crew’s operations at the station.”
NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Roskomos Cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanish and Evan Wagner tested onboard.

“The size of the leak identified overnight is attributed to a temporary temperature change at the station, the overall rate of leakage is unchanged,” NASA said in a blog post on Tuesday.

The crew of the International Space Station will test a cabin air leak this weekend

While crew members experience comfortable pressures while in the orbiting laboratory, the space station experiences small air leaks over time.

Regular recapitalization is possible for nitrogen tanks involved in cargo recovery missions that carry them to the space station.

The next resolution to come later this week is the mission. The Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo craft will be launched on Thursday night from the Wallops Flight Facility in the US state of Virginia.

International Space Station leak is stable, Russian space agency says

Then crew members will move. NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Reznikov and Sergey Kud-Severchkov will launch from the Bakonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on October 14 and dock at the space station, while Cassidy, Wagner, and Evinish depart from the space station on October 21 and on Earth Will return .

The trio would have spent 195 days together at the space station after launching in April.

Then, on October 23, the SpaceX Crew-1 mission will launch into the space station, carrying NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japanese space agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

CNN’s Ashley Strickland contributed to this report.

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