Russian astronaut finds a small crack at the International Space Station


A NASA spokesperson denied the claim, stating that “no new potential leak sites have been identified.”

Russian astronauts have found a small crack on the International Space Station (ISS), raising concerns from officials that the crack may spread.

“Surface cracks were found in several places on the Zalya module,” says Vladimir Solobyov, chief engineer of rocket space company Energia. Said State-owned RIA News Agency.. “This is bad and suggests that the cracks will begin to spread over time.”

It is not clear if the ISS leaked air into space due to the cracks.

A NASA spokesman denied the claim to the Daily Mail. Saying “Currently, there are no issues affecting the crew or normal International Space Station operations, and no new potential leak sites have been identified.” The Epoch Times contacted the agency for comment.

Last year, NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos searched for a small leak at a space station floating above Earth when pressure dropped.

And last month, Russian officials said software glitches and possible loss of human attention were due to the ISS getting out of control. The Russian research module Nauka’s jet thrusters accidentally reignited hours after docking, causing the entire orbital outpost to pitch out of normal flight position with seven crew members on board.

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Feels good: Tim Peake on the ISS. (ESA / NASA, CC BY 4.0)

Last month, Roscosmos reported a drop in pressure on the Zvezda service module, which provides a living quarter for the ISS crew, caused by an air leak.

Russia and the United States jointly launched the ISS in 1998. This was then welcomed as an important effort to reconstruct tensions between pre-Cold War adversaries.

Earlier this year, Russian officials said they had withdrawn from the ISS by 2025 and are now working on their own space station.

“We can’t endanger our lives [of our cosmonauts].. Today’s situation is related to structural and metal aging, which can lead to irreversible consequences … in a catastrophe. Don’t let that happen, “said Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov. Said State television in April 2021.

These comments were made days after President Joe Biden unleashed various sanctions against Russia, including cyber attacks, election interference, and the sovereign debt market over military aggression near Ukraine. The Treasury at the time blacklisted 32 Russian entities and individuals who claimed to have carried out Kremlin-led attempts and other “disinformation and interference” that affected the elections.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Jack phillips

Jack phillips

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Jack Phillips is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.