Leak fix fails to keep air pressure on International Space Station from dropping

A repair to a leak on the International Space Station (ISS) failed to prevent air pressure on board from dropping, astronauts said Friday.

“Atmospheric pressure continues to drop, but not as rapidly,” astronaut Anatoly Ivanishin said, according to Russian news agency TASS.

The report comes the day after astronauts located the source of the leak after weeks of searching and allegedly sealed it with duct tape.

The astronauts, who found the leak by following a weightlessly floating tea bag towards it, now want to better seal the hole.

“Perhaps we should use the most effective patches from our partners,” the Russian astronaut said, referring to his American colleagues.

On Wednesday, the oxygen supply to the Russian Zvezda module also failed, although it was maintained in other segments of the space station, which is more than 20 years old.

In another incident, smoke billowed from an aircraft during an experiment in the Russian section. The power was then turned off.

There are currently six astronauts aboard the ISS. Three of them are expected on Earth next Thursday.

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