Russian cosmonaut sheds light on how ISS crew deals with suspected air leak
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 25, 2020
Russian cosmonaut Ivan Wagner recently noted that the crew has everything it needs and can engage in physical training and Earth observation experiments.
As the current crew of the International Space Station has been forced to isolate themselves in the Russian segment of the orbital facility due to a suspected air leak in one of the US modules, Russian cosmonaut Ivan Wagner has shared details of the current accommodation facilities of his American colleague, astronaut Chris Cassidy.
In a recent post on the Russian social media platform VK, Wagner explained that having sealed off the rest of the station in order to monitor the pressure in the isolated sections and finally track down the elusive leak, they are now staying in the segment comprised of the Zvezda module with spacecraft Progress MS-14 and the Poisk module with spacecraft Soyuz MS-16.
According to Wagner, their preparations, along with moving all the "unnecessary" stuff to other modules, have included setting up a washing area in the "cargo craft" and sleeping quarters for Cassidy in the Poisk.
"Chris stretched his sleeping bag like a hammock", Wagner wrote, evaluating Cassidy's efforts as "not bad at all". The Russian cosmonaut also mentioned that the crew has everything it needs and can engage in physical training and Earth observation experiments.
Earlier, Russian space agency Roscosmos said that an inspection of pressure in Russia's Rassvet and Pirs modules at the International Space Station, launched after a suspected leak of oxygen in one of the US modules, found no traces of air leakage.
According to NASA, the leakage was first detected back in September of last year, but its intensity increased only recently.
Source: RIA Novosti
ISS crew moved to Russian segment for 3 days to search for air leak
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 24, 2020
The current 63rd ISS crew includes Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner and US astronaut Christopher Cassidy. "Closing hatches on the American segment and closing the hatch between the American and Russian segments of the station have been carried out", Russia's state space agency Roscosmos said on Friday. The agency added that the crew will remain at the Russian segment until Monday night. Roscosmos and Mission Control Centre's specialists will monitor the pressure in the cl ... read more
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