Space station reports 'leak', crew not in danger

  • Space station reports 'leak', crew not in danger

Space station reports 'leak', crew not in danger

"A micro fracture was found, most likely it is damage from the outside".

According to a statement from the European Space Agency, the crew still has "weeks of air left in the International Space Station reserves", so there doesn't seem to be much to worry about.

The space station, which has been continuously occupied since November 2000, has an internal pressurized volume equal that of a Boeing 747, according to NASA.

NASA is reporting that flight controllers at Mission Control in Houston and Moscow are working to fix a minute pressure leak on the International Space Station that was discovered at about 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Mr Rogozin said the leak would be patched up from the inside.

Officials and flight controllers are monitoring the situation as the station's crew works through the procedures, continued NASA.

On Thursday morning the crew taped over the hole, slowing the leak. "Flight controllers are working with the crew to develop a more comprehensive long-term fix", NASA added. On Twitter, it confirmed "all systems are stable" despite the "tiny leak".

Astronauts are continuing to try and plug the leak but NASA and Russian officials have stressed the six astronauts are not in any danger.

The six crew members gathered in the Russian segment of the station after they were notified of the leak, NASA said.