A small air leak was discovered aboard the International Space Station
On Wednesday night, a minor air leak was discovered on the International Space Station (29 August) no immediate danger to the astronauts currently living aboard the Orbiting Laboratory.
Air traffic controllers on Earth began to notice signs of a slight pressure drop at 7 pm in the orbiting laboratory. EDT (2300 GMT), while the six Expedition 56 crew members slept, NASA officials said today in a statement.
Since the pressure loss was "very small," flight controls found that the astronauts and cosmonauts "are in no danger," the European Space Agency (ESA) said in a separate statement. [Expedition 56: The Space Station Mission in Photos]
After the crew woke up today Air traffic controllers at the NASA Space Center in Houston and at the Russian control center near Moscow were waiting for the problem so that the astronauts could begin to locate the leak, noting that the leak was in the Russian segment of the space station but the exact module and cause have been identified, NASA officials said.
"The crew is healthy and safe with weeks of air in the reserves of the International Space Station, ESA officials said in their statement. Additional updates will be posted on NASA's International Space Station blog as more information becomes available, Agency spokesman Dan Huot told Space.com in an email.
This is not the first time that a small leak has appeared on the space station since 2000, continuously inhabited by rotating crews. Another leak occurred in the Station's Harmony module in 2007 during Expedition 1