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NASA investigating small air leak on International Space Station
space,com ^ | 20 August 2020 | Elizabeth Howell

Posted on 08/20/2020 12:23:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin

NASA is tracking down the source of a minor air leak on the International Space Station.

Crewmembers of the station's current Expedition 63 are in no immediate danger and will spend the weekend in the orbiting laboratory's Russian segment, inside the Zvezda service module, NASA officials said in an update today (Aug. 20).

Astronauts can work in a shirtsleeve environment inside the station, but the orbiting lab is never completely airtight; a little bit of air always leaks over time, requiring routine repressurization from nitrogen tanks that are sent up during cargo missions, NASA added in the update.

This leak was first spotted in September 2019, when there were "indications of a slight increase above the standard air leak rate," NASA said in the statement. "Because of routine station operations like spacewalks and spacecraft arrivals and departures, it took time to gather enough data to characterize those measurements. That rate has slightly increased, so the teams are working a plan to isolate, identify and potentially repair the source."

While the leak rate is higher than usual, it is still within specifications for the station and poses no immediate danger to the crew, NASA officials emphasized. Astronauts also deal with leak simulations during training for their stays on the space station, which typically are about six months long.

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and his Russian cosmonaut crewmates, Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin, will stay in the Russian Zvezda service module from Friday night to Monday morning (Aug. 21 to Aug. 24).

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: airleak; anatolyivanishin; chriscassidy; elonmusk; falcon9; falconheavy; iss; ivanvagner; nasa; spacestation; spacex; zvezda
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1 posted on 08/20/2020 12:23:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 08/20/2020 12:25:59 PM PDT by neverevergiveup
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Where does one get ‘small air’?.............


3 posted on 08/20/2020 12:27:22 PM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said "There is no marriage in Heaven." ... That's why they call it Heaven............)
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4 posted on 08/20/2020 12:29:53 PM PDT by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them.)
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When you are on a space station in the pure vacuum of space, there is no such thing as a “minor air leak”.


5 posted on 08/20/2020 12:31:54 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer.)
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Where is the flex tape guy. He made a boat out of that stuff.


6 posted on 08/20/2020 12:31:57 PM PDT by Texas resident (Remember in November)
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I was going to post the same thing.


7 posted on 08/20/2020 12:33:27 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: Red Badger
Where does one get ‘small air’?.............


8 posted on 08/20/2020 12:34:28 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Remember Gonzales! Come and Take It!)
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I guess these guys are pros, but if I were in a space ship there would be no leak deemed small. I doubt there are “small” leaks on a submarine.


9 posted on 08/20/2020 12:36:42 PM PDT by Vermont Lt
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the russians trying to meddle in our election process..☼
10 posted on 08/20/2020 12:37:16 PM PDT by ├čudda├čudd ((>> M A G A << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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Perhaps they should use Large Air, then it wouldn’t leak so much.................


11 posted on 08/20/2020 12:38:21 PM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said "There is no marriage in Heaven." ... That's why they call it Heaven............)
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12 posted on 08/20/2020 12:38:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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The chewing gum finally fell off the Russian section ?


13 posted on 08/20/2020 12:41:21 PM PDT by butlerweave
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just a small leak, nothing to see folks.. when one thinks of all the sealed joints modules hoses fittings etc. , it’s a wonder it doesn’t implode.


14 posted on 08/20/2020 12:42:48 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Monthly Donors Rock!!!)
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Phil Swift here with Flex Tape!
Your broken marriage?
Your severed arm?
Your space station air leak?

Just apply Flex Seal and YEEEEHAA!

15 posted on 08/20/2020 12:43:02 PM PDT by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything, it's that history rarely teaches anything.)
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Now THAT is funny!


16 posted on 08/20/2020 12:44:22 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer.)
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and the intentional hole they found last year? what was the verdict on that one???
17 posted on 08/20/2020 1:42:03 PM PDT by Chode (Send bachelors and come heavily armed.)
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To: SunkenCiv

*duck tape ping*


18 posted on 08/20/2020 1:42:05 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Want Stalinazism More ? PLUGS-WHORE 2020 !)
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Must be a quack somewhere in a bulkhead.

19 posted on 08/20/2020 1:53:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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Tire patch for truck......


20 posted on 08/20/2020 2:17:20 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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