Astronauts Work to Seal Air Leak on International Space Station + 3 Other Space News fo the Week

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Air Leak

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Source: NASA/Space.com

On Aug.30, astronauts on the International Space Station were busy repairing a minor air leak in the Russian segment of the orbiting laboratory.

Astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station learned of the leak, which is not life-threatening, early Thursday morning. Ground controllers noticed a slow drop in cabin pressure Wednesday night (Aug. 29) around 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) and decided it wasn’t significant enough to disrupt the crew’s sleep schedule, NASA officials said in a statement. After rising at their usual hour, the crew began scoping out the Russian side of the space station to pinpoint the cause of the leak.

They then discovered a tiny hole in one of the Soyuz crew vehicles docked to Russia’s Rassvet module.

While flight controllers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Russian Mission Control Center near Moscow worked to come up with a plan, they instructed the crewmembers to release some air from the pressurized oxygen tank on the Progress 70 cargo spacecraft to help return the space station to its normal pressure.

“The crew are healthy and safe with weeks of air left in the International Space Station reserves,” European Space Agency officials said in a statement.

Wake up song for Mars Rover

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Source: NASA

Well, who doesn’t like to wake up and listen to the sounds of your favorite song? Probably, that is the only thing that bothers NASA Opportunity rover on Mars, which survived a Martian dust storm in June but is yet to switch back on.

The storm caused Opportunity’s battery power to drop so low that it’s now in a sleep mode and not yet able to call home to Earth.

So NASA engineers have picked songs to greet their sleeping rover with themed wake-up songs, in an effort to inspire the sleeping rover to awaken.

There’s ice on the moon

Wow, guys, it happened and it may change everything!

Recently, Scientists officially confirmed that there’s ice on the moon for the first time. Most of the newfound water ice lies in the shadows of craters near the poles, where the warmest temperatures never reach above -250 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of the very small tilt of the Moon’s rotation axis, sunlight never reaches these regions, NASA reported.

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Source: NASA

Japan to land a robot on asteroid far-far away

Japan’s next attempt to conquer the space is to land a robot on an asteroid! Japan’s space agency will attempt to land a robotic unmanned landing craft on the surface of an asteroid 300 million-kilometers (186.4 million-miles) away from Earth next month.

On September 21, the spacecraft will deploy the first of two landers onto the asteroid itself, where they will gather samples and conduct experiments. A second lander will be launched on October 3.


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