Crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have had to patch a hole in the shell of a docked spacecraft following a possible collision with a meteorite fragment.
Thankfully, not much air was spewed into space, and the space station still has "weeks" of air in its reserves, according to a statement by the European Space Agency.
A drop in air pressure was recorded at the ISS on Thursday night, and the crew gathered in the Russian segment of the station as soon as the emergency sounded. Flight controllers in Houston are continuing to monitor station's cabin pressure in the wake of the fix, according to the blog post.
Don’t panic: Space station crew works to patch up tiny air leak in docked Soyuz craft
This is not the first time a small leak has sprung up on the space station, which has been continuously inhabited by rotating crews since 2000. It was traced to a hole about 2 millimeters (less than one-tenth of an inch) across in a Soyuz capsule docked at the space station.
NASA confirmed the problem, saying it consisted of a "minute pressure leak" and that the crew was repairing it. Instead of carrying out an inspection of the station, the controllers advised the crew to go to bed, as there were no signs of any immediate danger.
"As part of its normal operations planning, NASA is continuing to assess multiple scenarios to ensure continued United States access to the International Space Station", NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz said in an email.
The astronauts, commander Drew Feustel, flight engineers Ricky Arnold and Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Alexander Gerst, Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev eventually located the source of the leak: The Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft.More news: Pakistan Islamists rally against anti-Islam cartoon contest