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A tea bag pointed to a possible air leak on the ISS

Russian cosmonauts may have found the exact location of the air leak in the Zvezda module, which is part of the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS).

Photos of Roscosmos

Photos of Roscosmos

We have repeatedly reported that the orbital complex is losing its atmosphere. During various checks, it was found that the problem affects the transition compartment of the Zvezda module.

Previously, astronauts tried to identify the breach using confetti, as well as thin bags and films. However, these attempts were unsuccessful. As RIA Novosti now reports, an ordinary tea bag came to the rescue.

Leaving the bag in the problem compartment and closing the hatches, the cosmonauts were able to trace in which direction this “marker” was moving. It turned out that the tea bag was heading towards the broadband communications equipment. Presumably, this is where the air leak occurs.

Experts from the Moscow Region Flight Control Center have already made recommendations to fix the problem. The astronauts were asked to use the tape again to restore the tightness of the compartment.

Note that against the background of an air leak in the Russian segment of the ISS, the oxygen production unit failed. Fortunately, this does not pose any threat to the station’s crew.

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