Gauze and sealant a temporary fix to leak at International Space Station

But according to NASA, the air leak, discovered as the astronauts slept on the International Space Station, is nothing to worry about.

"When the crew was awakened at its normal hour this morning, flight controllers at Mission Control in Houston and at the Russian Mission Control Center outside Moscow began working procedures to try to determine the location of the leak". The makeshift repairs seem to have stabilized the situation, at least for now, officials said. The 0.08-inch-wide (2 millimeters) hole is in the orbital module, the upper portion of the spacecraft where the crew sits during flights to and from the space station. Spare a thought for the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA said the ISS still had enough oxygen to last the crew for weeks but if the breach had not been sealed, it would have drained the ISS of air in just 18 days.

An immediate fix was implemented using a sealant and tape to cover the hole, which is said to measure a couple of millimetres in diameter.

Before you panic for the fearless astronauts that live up there six months of the year, the incident, was possibly caused by a micrometeorite strike, only left a 2mm hole in a capsule docked at the station.

"Our obligations under the NASA contract to deliver American astronauts to and from the ISS end with the Soyuz-MS landing in April", Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov was quoted as saying by Interfax.

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At about 7 p.m. on August 29, flight controllers on the ground in Houston and Moscow began seeing signs of a pressure leak in the space station. "We do have a recommendation to rest and not perform any more activities today", Russian flight controllers told the crew.

Russia's space agency will carry out additional analysis for other leaks.

The leak was detected Wednesday night - possibly from a micrometeorite strike - when it caused a small drop in cabin pressure.

NASA and Russian space officials stressed the six astronauts were in no danger.

Now flight controllers are monitoring the cabin pressure while coming up with a better and long-term solution for the leak. However, the exact cause has yet to be determined.

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