The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) has resumed the search for an air leak in the Russian Zvezda module, which was interrupted two months ago. This follows from the negotiations of the astronauts with the Earth, broadcast by NASA, writes RIA Novosti.
The search was suspended at the end of April, and the crew closed the hatch into the leaky compartment. The day before, according to negotiations, cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov opened the hatch to the intermediate chamber and examined various places with the help of a leak detector. At the same time, according to him, the device did not find any obvious places of leakage.
For the first time, an insignificant air leak on the ISS was recorded in September 2019, and a year later the astronauts discovered two cracks in the intermediate chamber of the Zvezda module and repaired them. However, the leak did not stop, although it decreased. To compensate for the drop in air pressure, the ISS regularly needs to inject air, nitrogen and oxygen, the supplies of which are delivered from Earth on cargo ships.
Now the 65th expedition is working on the ISS, consisting of the Russians Oleg Novitsky and Peter Dubrov, the Americans Mark Vande Hai, Shane Kimbrow and Megan MacArthur, the Japanese Akihiko Hoshide and the Frenchman Tom Peske.