It seems that a micrometeorite hit the International Space Station (ISS) causing a small leak. NASA is now working to contain that and the astronauts on board the Station should return to their regular duties as soon as possible. The US space agency also reported that the ISS and its crewmembers are not in any danger.
While it was only a small leak, the alarms on the International Space Station began to ring sending the astronauts scrambling around the orbiting lab to find the source of the issue.
To discover where the small hole in the space lab’s hull was, ISS astronauts had to seal compartments one by one to see where the damage occurred. Eventually, the leak was uncovered in the module of the Soyuz MS-09 rocket that reached the International Space Station in June. Apparently, the accident happened after an object, either a micrometeorite or space debris pierced the ISS’s hull.
Possibly, a micrometeorite hit the International Space Station and caused a small leak
The micrometeorite impact with the ISS caused a tiny fissuration in the ISS’s hull permitting the air from inside the Station to leak out, and also produced a small depressurization of the affected module.
Luckily, the object that hit the International Space Station was quite small. Otherwise, it would’ve been a catastrophe as depressurizations are the most hazardous events that might occur to a space vessel, be it an orbital laboratory such as the ISS or a human-crewed space exploration ship.
According to NASA, the event might have taken place yesterday, in the evening, when the astronauts were asleep.
“As flight controllers monitored their data, the decision was made to allow the Expedition 56 crew to sleep since they were in no danger,” the US space agency said in a statement. “When the crew was awakened at its normal hour this morning, flight controllers at Mission Control in Houston and the Russian Mission Control Center outside Moscow began working procedures to try to determine the location of the leak,” NASA officials added.