Astronaut forced to cover the leak of ISS with his FINGER before the crew uses the tape to repair the hole

According to reports, the astronaut of the European Space Agency Alexander Gerst, in the photo, put his finger on the hole before the crew repaired it with adhesive tape. Now they are trying to find a more permanent solution.

An astronaut aboard the international space station was forced to repair a small hole in the orbital laboratory with his finger today.

The "micro fracture," which is believed to be about 2 mm wide in the $ 150 billion space station, was discovered after the astronauts noticed a drop in pressure.

According to reports, the astronaut of the European Space Agency Alexander Gerst put his finger on the hole initially, before the crew repaired it with adhesive tape.

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According to reports, the astronaut of the European Space Agency Alexander Gerst, in the photo, put his finger on the hole before the crew repaired it with adhesive tape. Now they are trying to find a more permanent solution.

According to reports, the astronaut of the European Space Agency Alexander Gerst, in the photo, put his finger on the hole before the crew repaired it with adhesive tape. Now they are trying to find a more permanent solution.

The leak, which was detected on Wednesday night by the flight controllers while the crew of Expedition 56 was sleeping, resulted in a small loss of cabin pressure.

The flight controllers determined that there was no immediate danger to the crew during the night, but alerted the crew as soon as they woke up.

"The leak has been isolated in a hole about two millimeters in diameter in the orbital compartment, or in the upper section, of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft attached to the Rassvet module of the Russian segment," NASA said.

& # 39; The speed of the leak was slowed down this morning by the temporary application of Kapton tape to the escape site.

"The flight controllers in their respective mission control centers in Houston and Moscow worked together with the crew to carry out a repair option in which the Soyuz commander Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos used epoxy in a gauze to plug the hole identified as a source of flight ". He said.

The crew was also told to use a toothpick in the hole to help photograph and climb.

The crew inside the International Space Station (pictured) rushes to repair a small "leak" likely caused by a collision with a small meteorite

However, an hour later, NASA astronaut Drew Feustel was concerned about the Russian sealant plan and wanted it to be transmitted to MCC-Moscow.

"We have an opportunity for this and we do not want to ruin it," he said, according to a live broadcast.

According to the head of the Russian space agency, the impact remained on the Soyuz spacecraft that brought astronauts to the ISS in June.

It is currently coupled with the International Space Station.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.

It has been permanently attended by rotating teams of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.

Six men are currently in orbit around Earth on board the ISS, including NASA astronauts Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Serena Aunon, as well as Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and two Russian cosmonauts: Oleg Artemyev and Sergei Prokopyev .

"During the night and in the morning there was an abnormal situation: a drop in pressure, an oxygen leak in the station," Roscosmos boss Dmitry Rogozin told Russian news agencies today.

"A micro fracture was found, most likely there is damage from the outside.

According to the head of the Russian space agency, the impact remained on the Soyuz spacecraft (pictured) that brought the astronauts to the ISS in June.

According to the head of the Russian space agency, the impact remained on the Soyuz spacecraft (pictured) that brought the astronauts to the ISS in June.

According to the head of the Russian space agency, the impact remained on the Soyuz spacecraft (pictured) that brought the astronauts to the ISS in June.

"The design engineers believe that it is the result of a micrometeorite," he said.

The head of the Russian space agency said the incident is not dangerous and said the fracture will be repaired from inside by the current crew.

NASA confirmed the problem, saying it consisted of a "tiny pressure leak" and that the crew was in the process of repairing the damage.

The module is not necessary for the astonauts to return to Earth, so these problems will not cause problems for the descent.

"As the flight controllers monitored their data, a decision was made to allow the crew of Expedition 56 to sleep as they were not in danger," NASA said in a statement.

Depressurization is extremely dangerous for the crews on board the ISS and this is not the first time a leak has occurred in the ISS.

In 2007, another leak occurred in the Harmony module of the station in the US section. UU., But the authorities said that at that time the leak was not cause for concern.

"The crew is healthy and safe with weeks of air in the reserves of the International Space Station," ESA officials said in the statement after this latest leak.

& # 39; The leak has been identified and the repair procedures are ongoing & # 39;

WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION?

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.

It has been permanently attended by rotating teams of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.

The space station is currently home to two Russians, three Americans and one Japanese.

The research carried out aboard the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions present in low Earth orbit, such as low gravity or oxygen.

The International Space Station (file photo) is a $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 km) above Earth

The International Space Station (file photo) is a $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 km) above Earth

The International Space Station (file photo) is a $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 km) above Earth

ISS studies have investigated human research, space medicine, life sciences, physical sciences, astronomy and meteorology.

The US space agency, NASA, spends about $ 3,000 million (£ 2,400 million) a year on the space station program, a level of funding backed by the administration and the Trump Congress.

A committee of the United States House of Representatives that oversees NASA has begun to analyze whether to extend the program beyond 2024.

Alternatively, the money could be used to accelerate planned human space initiatives toward the Moon and Mars.

Last month, Russia completed the mission of delivery to the fastest space on the day, after arriving at the ISS in just three hours and 48 minutes.

A Russian cargo ship carrying almost three tons of supplies took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 10:51 p.m. BST (5:51 p.m. Eastern Time) on Monday, July 2.

The unmanned vessel brought a new load of fuel, food and other supplies to the laboratory in orbit, landing at 2:39 a.m. BST on Tuesday (9:39 p.m. ET on Monday).

Russian flights to the ISS often take days, but Progress MS-09 reduced travel time to less than four hours using a carefully planned new trajectory of two orbits.

The previous record of space flight on the same day was 5 hours and 39 minutes, established in 2013 by the Roscosmos Soyuz TMA-09M rocket.

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