In what feels like a wierd act of divination, the present crew of the Worldwide House Station simply used a tea bag to id a pesky leak that’s been permitting air to flee from the station.
Right here’s how we received right here. In August, NASA announced it was investigating a small leak on the station that was permitting air to flee, saying that the crew was not presently in peril.
A little bit of air leaking out the house station is to be anticipated, NASA stated on the time, and requires occasional high ups from tanks delivered on cargo resupply missions to the station.
In September, the crew narrowed in their search to the Russian module utilizing quite a lot of scientific devices.
Then lastly, final week, Russian state news announced that it had discovered the elusive leak — utilizing tea leaves.
They launched a tea bag into the microgravity of the station, then watched with a digital camera because it drifted towards the tiny leak.
“We imagine that we now have actually recognized the possible leakage space,” Cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin instructed Russia’s flight management. “We now have distributed a tea bag [in the Zvezda module] earlier than closing the switch chamber.”
“We now have a number of images and movies of the route of the tea bag’s flight or the place it supposed to fly and this exactly reveals the route the air is blowing from the potential air leak,” he added.
Roscosmos said Monday that it has now patched the leak with tape.
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