Three house explorers zipping round over the Earth on the International Space Station have a little bit of a thriller on their fingers thanks to a small however persistent NASA is in sleuthing mode to discover the supply..
While an air leak in house sounds worrisome, NASA is not fretting it. “The leak is still within segment specifications and presents no immediate danger to the crew or the space station,” NASA said in a statement on Thursday.
Just a little little bit of air leakage is regular, and this specific leak has been on the radar for a whereas. “In September 2019, NASA and its international partners first saw indications of a slight increase above the standard cabin air leak rate,” the company mentioned. An extra improve in that fee has triggered new measures to hunt down the supply so it may possibly doubtlessly be repaired.
The present crew consists of NASA’s Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos. All three will spend Friday by Monday morning hanging out collectively in the Zvezda service module, a Russian section of the ISS.
Bunking in Zvezda provides the crew a probability to shut down the station hatches so NASA can monitor the air strain in every part. “The test presents no safety concern for the crew,” NASA mentioned, and it ought to assist mission controllers determine the place the small leak is coming from.
Initial outcomes are anticipated subsequent week.