Space Station Crew Repairing ‘Micro’ Leak Likely Caused By Meteorite Strike

Soyuz MS-09 left is docked to the Rassvet module. The leak is originating from the upper section of the spacecraft

The crew woke this morning to news from ground controllers in Houston Texas, and Moscow that cabin pressure had dropped overnight and their first mission of the day was to fix a hole in the ISS.

The hole appears to have been caused by either space junk or a small meteorite colliding with the station.

Officials continue to monitor the situation as the crew works through its troubleshooting procedures.

Currently, there are several spacecraft delivering science, cargo, astronauts or supplies to the ISS: Orbital ATK's Cygnus, SpaceX's Dragon, JAXA's HTV, and the Russian Progress and Soyuz.

The leak, which was discovered Thursday, was traced to a small hole in one of the Russian Soyuz capsules docked at the station.

On Thursday morning, the crew taped over the hole, slowing the leak.

A tiny pressure leak has been detected on the Russian side of the International Space Station.

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Astronauts are continuing to try and plug the leak but NASA and Russian officials have stressed the six astronauts are not in any danger.

"This leak seems to have resulted from a micrometeoroid impact".

Astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency knows that when you're living on the International Space Station, ingenuity matters.

The Soyuz module isn't needed to get the crew back down to the surface, so the crew just needs to make sure the leak is stopped.

This leak is much smaller than the type of damage caused by space debris in the 2013 film which starred George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.

According to NASA, all station systems are stable and the crew is planning to return to its regular work schedule today, August 31, 2018.

The Soyuz is one of two docked at the orbiting lab, having arrived at the ISS in June carrying three astronauts. News 6 digital journalist Emilee Speck spoke to Harwood about the leak on the ISS and other recent space news.

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