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Astronauts use gauze, high-tech tape to stuff hole on ISS



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Astronauts on board the International Space Station sealed a hole in the International Space Station that caused a slow air leak from the station [19659004DieNASassociatedthatthecabinetprintofthestationbecamecoachedsincethediscoveryofthelewdessweed remained stable after the repair and that the astronauts on board were in no danger.

The hole, measuring approximately two millimeters (0.08 inches), was found in the upper part of a Soyuz spaceship docked at the station. The astronaut of the European Space Agency, Alexander Gerst, reportedly closed the hole with his finger before attaching a special tape as a temporary patch. Then the Russian astronaut Sergey Prokopyev completed the repair with epoxy on a piece of gauze

  Picture: Sergey Prokopyev
The Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, crew member of the mission to the International Space Station ISS, beckons as he gets into the spaceship before take-off at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on June 6, 2018. (AP Photo / Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool) Dmitri Lovetsky / Pool via AP file

NASA did not say what caused the hole. Retired astronaut Scott Kelly, who served on three expeditions as the space station commander, said in a tweet that the leak had been caused by a micrometeor impact

"We're One Many Bullets Over the Last 20 Years" Kelly said. "There's a lot of space junk up there."

Russian space agency Roskosmos has called a commission to investigate the cause of the leak, NASA said.

The leak was discovered Wednesday around 7pm. EDT of air traffic controllers in Houston and Moscow. Having determined that the leak was not an immediate threat to the astronauts, the air traffic controllers decided not to wake the astronauts who slept at that time. But the astronauts came into action on Thursday morning.

Six astronauts are currently aboard the station. Besides Gerst and Prokopjew, it is the NASA astronauts Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Serena Auñón-Chancellor, as well as the Russian astronaut Oleg Artemyev.

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