Pressure continues to decline at the International Space Station after a failed attempt to fix the air leak using adhesive tape. The leak is located the working compartment of Zvezda Service Module and was described by Roscosmos as 'more than standard.' The leak was first detected in September 2019 and by August 2020 it increased five-fold.
Last week, the Moscow Mission Control Center instructed Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner to use as much adhesive tape as possible in Zvezda's intermediate chamber, where the air leak is expected to be located. But his attempt to seal it was not successful.
On Friday, October 9, Vagner informed specialists at the Center that the pressure in the compartment had declined by 17 mm Hg down to 715 mm Hg.
The leak was first detected in September 2019 and by August 2020 it increased five-fold -- from 270 grams to 1.4 kilograms (9.5 ounces to 3 pounds) of air per day.
Two weeks ago, Sergei Krikalyov, the executive director of Russia's manned space programs, said that what's happening now is more than standard leakage, adding that it will require supplies of extra air to the station if it lasts a long time.
An overall interior view of the Zvezda Service Module photographed by an Expedition 17 crewmember on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
Image credit: NASA
Image credit: NASA
Featured image credit: NASA
December 01, 2020
A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit the Balleny Islands region, Southern Ocean at 20:52 UTC on December 1, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 2 km (1.4 miles). This is the second M6+...
November 25, 2020
A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit the Balleny Islands region, Southern Ocean at 22:56 UTC on November 25, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 30 km (18 miles). The epicenter was...
November 24, 2020
At least 17 people have been killed, 12 were injured and more than 10 remain missing after several days of heavy rain caused floods and landslides in northwestern Colombia. A landslide hit the village of Cachirime in Puerto Valdivia, Antioquia in the early morning...
November 23, 2020
A rare late-season EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 135 km/h (84 mph) hit Ontario, Canada, on November 15, 2020-- the province's 41st tornado of the year. Twisters commonly occur in the region from May to September, so having one touched down recently is...
November 21, 2020
A bright fireball exploded over southern Texas, U.S. at around 02:58 UTC on November 20, 2020. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 50 reports from Texas, U.S., and Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Fireball over southern Texas on November 3, 2020 - heatmap. Credit: AMS...