Astronauts fix air leak on the International Space Station

Last updated at 07:27
International Space Station above EarthGetty Images
Mission control alerted the crew to the leak last night and a quick fix has already been applied

Astronauts have fixed an air leak on the International Space Station (ISS) - with tape!

It is thought to have been caused by a collision with a tiny fragment of rock, which was flying through space.

The small hole in a capsule is currently being covered with a special type of tape that can deal with extreme temperatures.

The ISS is a laboratory 250 miles above the Earth.

Alexander Gerst taking a selfie in his suit outside the ISSGetty Images
German astronaut Alexander Gerst discovered the leak by running his finger over the hole!

The ISS is well prepared to deal with impacts from small objects like meteoroids and dust from space.

Controllers based in the United States and Russia say that the six-strong crew crew are not in any danger.

However, it is very important that the crew are aware of leaks like this so that the air pressure in the space station does not drop, which could be harmful to their health.

The astronauts are now working with engineers on the ground to work out whether a more permanent repair is needed.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by TheFandomGirl

    31 Aug 2018 10:05
    But then again, they're not on earth are they?
  • Comment number 2. Posted by TheFandomGirl

    31 Aug 2018 10:04
    That tape must be pretty strong - at first i thought they just put duct tape on it and i was wondering how on earth that would work
  • Comment number 1. Posted by U17133673

    31 Aug 2018 9:17
    First? Second?