Roscosmos chief: air leak registered on orbital outpost, problem resolved

 Roscosmos chief: air leak registered on orbital outpost, problem resolved

An air leak occurred on the International Space Station (ISS) at night and in the morning but the problem was resolved, Head of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said.

"An emergency situation occurred on the ISS at night and in the morning: a drop in pressure and an air leak aboard the station. Measures were taken to determine the origin of the leak," the Roscosmos chief said.

"The US crew gathered in the Russian segment and subsequently compartments were sealed off one by one to understand what happened and where. As a result, we localized the problem," TASS cited Rogozin as saying.

According to the Roscosmos chief, the problem was found in a side compartment of the Russian manned spacecraft Soyuz MS No. 739 (the Soyuz MS-09), which had been launched to the orbital outpost in June this year.

"A micro-fracture was found. Most likely this is external damage. Designers believe this is the result of a micro-meteorite," Rogozin said.

He added that the lives and the health of the space crew are not threatened over an emergency situation aboard the Russian manned Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft.

Rogozin added that cosmonauts and astronauts won’t be required to make spacewalks for removing a micro-crack. This work can be carried out inside the International Space Station (ISS).

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