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Small leak in International Space Station fixed

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Aug 31, 2018

A small leak that was detected on the International Space Station has now been temporarily fixed.

While the astronauts on the International Space Station were sleeping Wednesday night, a small oxygen leak was detected by Mission Control in Houston and the Russian Mission Control center near Moscow. The leak was assessed as a non-emergency and the astronauts were informed upon waking up Thursday morning.

NASA and Roscosmos said that the team then performed tests and troubleshooting to figure out exactly where the leak originated from. It's thought to have been caused by a tiny meteorite and was discovered to be in a section of the Soyuz MS-09 which arrived at the ISS earlier this summer. The astronauts then patched it up temporarily in the same way we'd probably fix a leak in a waterbed — by slapping some heavy-duty tape on it while they work on a more permanent solution.

It might sound like a scary situation but it's no scene from Gravity. This leak is much smaller than the type of damage caused by space debris in the 2013 film which starred George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. 

Of course, any work in space is potentially dangerous. But right now, it seems like everything is under control.

(via Gizmodo)