Air leaking from Russian side of International Space Station

A small air leak has developed on the Russian side of the International Space Station. (Reuters)
Updated 30 August 2018
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Air leaking from Russian side of International Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL: A small air leak has developed on the Russian side of the International Space Station.
NASA and Russian space officials stressed Thursday that the six astronauts are in no danger.
But both the crew and ground controllers are working hard to isolate the leak.
Russian officials say the pressure leak was detected Wednesday night and may be the result of a micrometeorite strike. It’s believed to be in the most recent Soyuz capsule docked at the space station. This Soyuz — one of two up there — arrived at the orbiting lab in June with three astronauts. It’s their ride home, too, come December.
The 250-mile-high outpost is home to three Americans, two Russians and one German.


Space station supplies launched, 2nd shipment in 2 days

Updated 17 November 2018
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Space station supplies launched, 2nd shipment in 2 days

  • The International Space Station has received two deliveries in as many days
  • Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the space station being in orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL: A load of space station supplies rocketed into orbit from Virginia on Saturday, the second shipment in two days.
Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from Wallops Island before dawn, delighting chilly early-bird observers along the Atlantic coast. The Russian Space Agency launched its own load of supplies to the International Space Station on Friday, just 15 hours earlier.
The US delivery will arrive at the orbiting lab Monday, a day after the Russian shipment. Among the 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of goods inside the Cygnus capsule: ice cream and fresh fruit for the three space station residents, and a 3D printer that recycles old plastic into new parts.
Thanksgiving turkey dinners — rehydratable, of course — are already aboard the 250-mile-high outpost. The space station is currently home to an American, German and Russian.
There’s another big event coming up, up there: The space station marks its 20th year in orbit on Tuesday. The first section launched on Nov. 20, 1998, from Kazakhstan.
This Cygnus, or Swan, is named the S.S. John Young to honor the legendary astronaut who walked on the moon and commanded the first space shuttle flight. He died in January.
It is the first commercial cargo ship to bear Northrop Grumman’s name. Northrop Grumman acquired Orbital ATK in June. SpaceX is NASA’s other commercial shipper for the space station.
Experiments also are going up to observe how cement solidifies in weightlessness, among other things. There’s also medical, spacesuit and other equipment to replace items that never made it to orbit last month because of a Russian rocket failure; the two men who were riding the rocket survived their emergency landing. Three other astronauts are set to launch from Kazakhstan on Dec. 3.