Russian Federation will stop sending U.S. astronauts to the global space station in April 2019, - was announced today by the radio station "Kommersant FM 93,6".
This morning the crew gathered in the Russian segment of the Space Station before searching for the cause of the pressure change.
After some debate, Russian controllers agreed with NASA's team to take more time to investigate the leak.More news: Honor Magic 2 teased at IFA 2018
The source of the problem was traced back to a tiny tear in the shell of the Soyuz MS-09 capsule docked with the Rassvet module on the Russian side of the space station.
A leak was detected aboard the International Space Station Wednesday night, but NASA said it was "minute" and posed no threat to the astronauts now aboard the station.
The hole is located in the upper, spherical section of the Soyuz, which does not return to Earth, according to NASA. Earlier, flight controllers tapped into the oxygen supply of a Russian cargo capsule to partially replenish the atmosphere in the station.
Russia's space agency Roscosmos said in a statement that "the safety and health of the crew are not threatened" following the incident. This leak is much smaller than the type of damage caused by space debris in the 2013 film which starred George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.More news: Barack Obama Eulogy at John McCain Funeral
The astronauts are now working with engineers on the ground to assess whether a more robust fix is needed.
"Although the leak is small, if it had not been spotted the crew would have run out of air in 18 days", the Daily Telegraph says.
NASA pays about $81 million per seat on the Soyuz to fly astronauts to and from the space station.More news: Citing Trump tariffs, Ford cancels China-built Focus Active crossover for US