Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, who are on the International Space Station (ISS), have discovered a possible last leak in the intermediate chamber of the Zvezda module, from where the ISS air leaks, TASS reports with reference to Roskosmos.
“No new problems were found on the Russian segment of the ISS. Russian cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov have found a possible last air leak in the intermediate chamber of the Zvezda service module of the ISS Russian segment, ”the press service of the state corporation said.
The message states that the astronauts will receive funds to fix the problem at the next launch of Progress.
The cosmonauts discovered the first crack in the Zvezda intermediate chamber in October 2020. It was repaired in March this year, but the oxygen leak did not stop, although it decreased. In total, three places were found, including in the Zvezda intermediate chamber, where cracks could potentially form.
On February 24, the crew made temporary isolation of all potential cracks in order to find out for sure if there is a leak in these places. At the end of April, the search was temporarily stopped, and the hatch to the compartment was closed. In July, the ISS crew resumed searching for an air leak in the Zvezda module.