No case Small air leaks on the International Space Station Can almost crack.
Investigators have found the source of the leak for the “main work area” of the Zvezda service module in the center of the Russian part of the station, NASA officials announced today (Sept. 29).
Additional work is underway to determine the exact source of the leak, agency officials said Wrote in an update today. “The leak, which has been under investigation for several weeks, poses no immediate threat to the crew at the current leak rate and there should be a slight deviation in the crew’s schedule.”
In the photo: Mission 63 missions to the International Space Station
That diversion included a last-minute call from three astronauts, NASA’s Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Evan Wagner, who sat in an orbital laboratory last night. The trio collected data with an ultrasound leak detector in the Russian segment of the station, increasing the measurements previously made in the U.S. part, NASA officials said.
When the Spaceflyers began their work, the leaks seemed to have increased. “The subsequent temporary temperature change at the station is attributed to the unchanged rate of leaks,” NASA officials said in a statement.
The leak causes a 1 mm drop in atmospheric pressure every 8 hours, officials with the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said. Said via Twitter this morning, Also emphasizes that Cassidy, Evanishin and Wagner remain safe.
Investigations are underway overnight, the hatch between the US and Russian segments has reopened and normal activities at the station have resumed, NASA officials said in their update.
A search is currently underway to find the exact leak. With it, the pressure drop in the normal atmosphere remains 1 mm per 8 hours. The situation poses no threat to the life and health of the crew and does not impede the crew operation of the station.September 29, 2020
This International Space Station Absolutely not the weather. The orbital complex continuously loses small amounts of gas in space and is regularly replenished using a nitrogen tank brought by the cargo spacecraft.
In September 2019, station managers noticed a slight increase in that normal background rate. Naka officials said it took a while for the leak to be fully exposed, as crumbers and station managers captured it with spacewalks, spacecraft arrival and departure and other large ticket orbital activities. The leak investigation was not really underway Until last month.
Many other big ticket activities are coming up. NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzikov and Sergei Kud-Sverkov will board the Russian Soyuz spacecraft aboard the space station on October 14, and four more crew members will head to SpaceX’s morning orbit laboratory. 31 Oct October Crew Dragon Capsule. And Cassidy, Evanishin and Wagner will return to Earth aboard the Soyuz in October, ending the end of their six-month orbit.
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