Astronauts on the ISS (International Space Station) have victoriously handled the source of little air leaks that had been getting bigger in size.
The deputy manager of the space station, Kenny Todd, described that the leaking hole was spotted more than a year ago but had it had been growing in the previous few months.
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On Tuesday, during the NASA briefing, Kenny Todd, said that the fresh round of checking and testing overnight Monday showed the leak was in a service module in the Russian segment.
Crew dealing with previous leak rather than new one
He continued that they are going to make an effort and put a finer point on their troubleshooting plan and explained that their group is dealing with the same leak rather than a new one.
Roscosmos, the Russian agency, declared that the leak was appearing at one of their service modules. Moreover, the firm tweeted that currently, the search is underway to perfectly spot the leak. The firm added that the condition poses no risk to the life and health of the crew and doesn’t delay the station continued crewed working.
Chris Cassidy (NASA astronaut) and Ivan Vanger and Anatoly Ivanishin (Roscosmos cosmonauts) carried out the onboard tests.
On Tuesday, in a blog post, NASA said that the size of the leak spotted overnight has since been attributed to a temporary temperature variation abroad the station with the overall rate of leak remaining unchanged.
Although crew members experience relaxed pressure while remaining in the orbiting laboratory, and the station has experienced small air leaks over time. Besides this, daily repressurization is possible and thanks to tanks that are filled with nitrogen, which are added on cargo resupply missions that provide them to the space station.
The upcoming resupply task is going to arrive this weekend, and the unmanned Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo craft will project from the Wallops Flight Facility in the United States of Virginia on Thursday night. After this, the group members will accelerate. Kate Rubins (NASA astronaut) and Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov (Russian Cosmonauts) will project from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the 14th of October and dock at the station, while Ivanishin, Vagner, and Cassidy will leave the station on the 21st of October and come back to earth.
After projecting in April, the trio will spend 195 days o the space station together.