Astronauts work to fix International Space Station leak

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are having to deal with an air leak from a possible collision.

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NASA reports that, as of slack August 31, cabin stress on the ISS is holding true. However, because the inside of the space station is pressurized and filled with an air and oxygen mixture to allow the crew to breathe without issue, any breach of the airtight seal must be dealt with in short order. Russian officials say the leak was detected Wednesday night and may be the result of a micrometeorite impact.

After the hole had been taped up, crewmembers put sealant on a cloth and stuck it over the area.

It wasn't long before the astronauts had a better idea, and patched the hole with some epoxy and - you guessed it - duct tape.

Mission flight control officials are now closely monitoring the space station's system for additional warning signs.

A Nasa spokesman said it was too early to speculate on whether the three might have to return to Earth early if the leak can not be stopped.

The Soyuz capsule that was leaking, one of the two at the station, arrived at the lab in June, carrying three astronauts.

The spacecraft docked with the Russian Poisk module on March 23, after ferrying NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, together with cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, to the space station, Space reported at the time.

NASA also stated that the hole was found in the upper spherical section of the capsule, a part that doesn't return to Earth, which means good news for the astronauts that count on the capsule to get back home.

Three Americans, two Russians and a German are now on board the station. But there's no way to track tiny pieces of natural and artificial debris, which abound in the station's orbit.