The saga of the lingeringhas entered a new chapter, and there's hope it will soon be fully vanquished.
The bothersome leak has lingered for months, but the ISS crew recently Roscosmos tweeted Monday that the crew has applied a temporary seal and is "working out a program of operations to permanently seal the leak location.". Russian space agency
Russian news agency TASS reported last week that cosmonauts used a tea bag to track down the exact location of the leak by following where the bag floated in microgravity.
The ISS is currently home to a crew of six made up of two NASA astronauts and four cosmonauts. Three of them will be returning to Earth on Wednesday, including NASA's Chris Cassidy, who is busy.
While an air leak in space sounds dramatic, it hasn't caused any serious problems. "The leak, which has been investigated for several months, continues to pose no immediate danger to the crew at the current leak rate," NASA said in a statement on Monday.