The International Space Station could be leaking its reserve oxygen supply! The leakage might lead to various future problems in the spacecraft. Cosmonauts, the crew that is currently aboard ISS, are already intensifying their search for a leak from Russia's Zvezda module on the facility.
TASS, a Russian news agency, explained that the ISS crew of cosmonauts did not notice an air leakage aboard the orbital outpost.
"For us, it [the air leakage] is actually unnoticeable," said Sergei Kud-Sverchkov, one of the cosmonauts, on Tuesday via TASS.
"Practically, we don't understand in what part of the intermediate chamber we currently have an extra leak," added a Russian Mission Control Center's specialist via RT Question More.
ISS's oxygen leakage
The anonymous specialist said that they can't do anything about the issue until they come up with input. He even asked the cosmonauts to intensify the search for the leak's source.
The newly found issue must be solved as soon as possible because ISS is already running out of reserve oxygen to compensate for the leak. The leakage, which was discovered in the Zvezda module, is a small crack that caused a drop in pressure in the International Space Station last August.
The Russian cosmonauts already fixed the previous crack by using plasticine provided by their colleagues in the United States. However, the material didn't completely fix the leak.
Cosmonauts are now finding the leak's source
The Russian cosmonauts said that they could have located another possible source in October, which is causing the decompression in the module's intermediate chamber.
However, Pavel Vinogradov, an ISS cosmonaut, reiterated that there's nothing to worry about. He explained that they don't experience any problems aboard as of the moment.
Vinogradov added that they are already working in a routine manner to find the cause of the leakage. He even said that they have been flying for half a year although there's an ongoing oxygen leak.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.