Astronauts on Thursday attempted to mend a tiny hole that used a thumb to release air from the Russian side of the International Space Station.
NASA and Russian space officers emphasized that the six astronauts posed no danger.
The leak, possibly due to a micrometeor impact, was discovered Wednesday night, resulting in a small loss of cabin pressure. He was traced back to a hole about 2 millimeters in diameter in the youngest Soyuz capsule docked at the space station
Alexander Gerst, an astronaut of the European Space Agency, clogged the hole with his thumb when it was discovered ,
The crew clung over the hole on Thursday morning to slow the leak as flight controllers monitored the cabin pressure, with plans to find a better long-term solution.
The Soyuz Leak ̵
The hole is in the upper part of the Soyuz. According to NASA, it does not return to Earth.
The 250-mile outpost accommodates three Americans, two Russians and one German. Orbital debris is a constant threat to spaceships, even the smallest stains.