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Leak discovers aboard the space station, but NASA says astronauts are safe



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A leak was detected Wednesday night onboard the International Space Station, but NASA said it was "minute" and posed no threat to the astronauts aboard the station "The crew is in no danger and is actively working on troubleshooting," the space agency said in a tweet.

The leak was discovered around 7pm. EDT of air traffic controllers in Houston and Moscow. The controllers did not choose the astronauts who slept at the time. This morning, the astronauts gathered in the Russian segment of the station, which is believed to be the source of the leak.

NASA gave no details about the cause of the leak, but the head of the State Space Agency of Russia, Dmitry Rogozin, said that the Russian news agency Tass that it appeared to be in a side compartment of the Soyuz spacecraft, fortified the station.

"A microfracture was found," Rogosin said. "This is probably an external damage, the designers believe that this is the result of a micro-meteorite."

Rogozin said the leak could be repaired from the inside without the need for a spacewalk.

There are currently six astronauts on board: Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Serena Auñón ̵

1; Chancellor of NASA: Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency; and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev.

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