NASA: Small Air Leak Plugged Aboard Space Station

posted by Alan McBride - 

The crew of the International Space Station resumed a regular schedule of work Friday, after spending the day Thursday locating and repairing a small leak.

That's according to an update from NASA.

According to the agency, the leak was found in the upper section of one of the two Russian Soyuz vehicles attached to the complex.

The space agency says the culprit appears to have been a small meteorite.

According to space-to-ground radio comments, one of the crew members kept the leak plugged by holding his thumb on it while the other crew members rounded up patching material.

Officials say the leak was sealed with no problem, and that the outpost is in good shape.

With the station’s cabin pressure holding steady and the patching work out of the way, NASA reports that most of the crew pressed ahead with a variety of scientific experiments. 

Station Commander Drew Feustel of NASA reportedly prepared tools to be used in a pair of spacewalks late in September to complete the change out of batteries on the port truss of the outpost. 

Six new lithium-ion batteries will be transported to the station in September on a Japanese cargo ship, that will replace a dozen older nickel-hydrogen batteries in a duplication of work conducted last year on the station’s starboard truss.

NASA says the crew plans a quiet weekend before getting back to business as usual a couple hundred miles above the Earth.

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