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Commander space station: it's & # 39; Absolutely a shame & # 39; to suggest that astronauts cause air leaks

Commander space station: it's & # 39; Absolutely a shame & # 39; to suggest that astronauts cause air leaks

The leader of the current mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS) rebounds against the suggestion that he or one of his crew members would have caused the recent air leak of the runway lab.

"I can say unequivocally that the crew had nothing to do with this," said NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, commanding ISS Expedition 56, during a space-to-ground interview with ABC News, reported Florida Today yesterday (September 11). ). "I think it is absolutely a shame and a bit embarrassing that everyone wastes every moment talking about something that the crew was involved in."

The leak story has turned quite a bit in recent weeks, so let's start at the beginning. [Russia’s Crewed Soyuz Space Capsule Explained (Infographic)]

On the night of August 29, ISS controllers noticed a slight pressure drop on the ground on board the outpost. They informed the crew the next day and the space pilots quickly followed the problem to a small hole in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft that was attached to the revolving lab.

Space station astronauts patched a small hole in the upper orbital module of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft (left) on August 30, 2018. Russian spacemen said that that hole was probably caused by a drill; researchers are currently trying to find out exactly what has happened.

Space station astronauts patched a small hole in the upper orbital module of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft (left) on August 30, 2018. Russian spacemen said that that hole was probably caused by a drill; researchers are currently trying to find out exactly what has happened.

Credit: NASA / Space.com

Cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, the Soyuz commander, repaired the 2 millimeter (0.08 inch) hole with epoxy and gauze on August 30, apparently to solve the problem. The expedition 56 crew was never in danger, NASA officials have stressed.

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