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Russia has confirmed a persistent air leak in their section of the space station.
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Russia has confirmed a persistent air leak in their section of the space station.

Officials from the Russian space agency have recognized an ongoing air leak in the Russian section of the International Space Station. However, they have stated that it does not pose a threat to the crew.

The Roscosmos state corporation said that specialists were monitoring the leak and the crew “regularly conducts work to locate and fix possible spots of the leak”.

According to a statement from Russian news agencies, the crew and the station are not in danger.

On Wednesday, Joel Montalbano, the manager of Nasa’s space station project, reported that the leak in the Russian segment has grown, but reassured that it is still insignificant and does not pose any danger to the crew or vehicle’s functioning.

According to Roscosmos, the crew of the aging space outpost must dedicate increased time to repairing and maintaining it.

In August 2020, Russian space authorities initially announced a breach in the Zvezda module. Later in the year, Russian crew members identified a potential source and attempted to repair it. In November 2021, another potential leak was discovered in a separate area of the Russian section on the station.

Both Roscosmos and Nasa reported that the leak did not pose a threat to the crew or impact the operations of the station.

There have been previous malfunctions. In October, a coolant leak was detected in an external backup radiator for Russia’s recently launched science laboratory, Nauka. However, the main thermal control system was functioning properly and officials confirmed that the crew and station were not at risk.

In December 2022, there was a coolant leakage from a Soyuz crew capsule attached to the station. In February 2023, another leak was found in a Progress supply ship. After investigating, Russian officials determined that the leaks were most likely caused by small meteoroid impacts rather than errors in manufacturing.

The orbiting outpost, known for promoting international cooperation after the cold war, is currently one of the few remaining areas of joint effort between Russia and the west amidst tensions caused by Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. Nasa and its partners aim to sustain the operations of the space station until 2030.

The current team at the station includes Nasa astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara, European Space Agency’s Andreas Mogensen, Russian cosmonauts Konstantin Borisov, Oleg Kononenko, and Nikolai Chub, and Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa.

Source: theguardian.com