"Right now, Alex has got his finger on that hole and I don't think that's the best remedy for it", someone from NASA's ground control team said during a live feed of the fix operations broadcast from the ISS. Russia's agreement to shuttle NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Soyuz rockets will end in April, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov confirmed to media, and this contract may not be extended in a bid to pressurize Trump administration.
The crew was never in danger, according to NASA.
He said the fracture was found on the Soyuz ship that brought astronauts to the ISS in June for a six-month mission and is now docked with the space station. Flight controllers at NASA Mission Control Center in Houston worked with their Russian counterparts to enable the repairs.
Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev and crew members boarded the International Space Station in June this year prior to the launch at the Russian cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Flight controllers, meanwhile, monitored the cabin pressure while working to come up with a better long-term solution.More news: China's exports losing steam amid Trump's trade war
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Gerst, along with United States astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev, are due to use the same Soyuz vehicle to return to Earth at the end of the year. Flight controllers determined there was no immediate danger to the crew overnight.
Three Americans, two Russians and a German are now on board the station.
The sources report that the damage to the Soyuz capsule was likely caused by a micrometeorite hitting the spacecraft and breaching through its wall.
"Once the patching is complete, additional leak checks will be performed", NASA said.