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Scotch tape failed to seal the gap on the ISS

The air pressure in the transition compartment of the International Space Station (ISS) Zvezda Service Module continues to decline due to a leak. This is reported by “RIA Novosti”, referring to the negotiations of the crew members with experts on Earth.

Photos of Roscosmos

Photos of Roscosmos

The loss of air on the ISS became known in August. A series of checks made it possible to establish that the problem affects the transition compartment of the Zvezda module, which was launched into space 20 years ago – in the summer of 2000.

The astronauts tried to localize the exact place of the leak with the help of confetti – thin strips of paper and plastic with pieces of foam, but this did not bring any result. Then it was reported that the search for the hole will continue with the help of thin bags and films.

In addition, it has been suggested that the problem may be related to the rubber seals in the Zvezda module docking station. Their Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner last weekend sealed them with duct tape in the hope that this measure would stop the pressure drop. Alas, the station is still losing air.

The ISS crew continues to search for a possible leak. As noted by RIA Novosti, a variety of methods are used. In particular, a stethoscope is used – a medical diagnostic device for listening to the sounds of the body.

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