The International Space Station (ISS) has been home for several astronauts and specialists of different ethnicities and countries of origin for more than twenty years, hosting countless research and studies that have reaped important breakthroughs in the field of astronomy and beyond.
With the significant role it plays, it is a prerogative to keep the facility and its residents, both humans and sophisticated machinery, in tip-top shape. That is why when specialists detected a small hole in the ISS, they have decided to dedicate the whole weekend to hunt it down and fix it right away.
For the record, the hole is so small that it doesn’t pose any danger for the crew onboard the craft. Experts over at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have discovered something off with the ISS last year. The air inside the craft will escape out eventually but the fast rate it has been doing during the said period puzzled astronomers and specialists alike. The rate of the air escaping out has been increasing at a gradual pace ever since.
But why the year-long holdup, you may ask. It’s because the space agency has been bogged down by a tight schedule, with jam-packed events having the space agency and its resources preoccupied. And now that everything has slowed down for a bit, they will conduct this weekend the search in order to isolate and resolve the problem. For the record, there are tanks present inside the Space Station which stabilizes the interior pressure whenever air escapes out of it. Thus the crew members’ safety is kept top priority by the agency.
The Exp 63 crew will spend the weekend in the station's Russian segment so mission controllers can carefully monitor the orbiting lab's air pressure. More... https://t.co/d6QcrgKHvK pic.twitter.com/YeYBY5vovX— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 20, 2020
Current residents of the ISS, American astronaut Chris Cassidy, and his fellow Russian cosmonauts Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin, will evacuate and stay in the Russian segment of the ISS over the weekend. Then NASA will try to isolate the location of the hole by keeping an eye on the isolated areas’ air pressure levels to determine the leak’s location. Results are expected to be in the following week.