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Space Station Leak Found, Fixed

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the no-more-whooshing dept.

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Rommel writes "NewScientist.com is reporting that the cause of the leak in the International Space Station has been found and fixed. The leak was found in a hose in the Destiny lab module. The hose was used to equalize pressure and eliminate fog between two panes of a window. While the leak was so slow it was unlikely to pose a direct threat to the crew for months to come, some equipment on the ISS is only certified to operate above a certain air pressure. The leak was originally mentioned on Slashdot a few days back."

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This is another first post (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954185)

In honor of the GNAA

I love you niggaz.

Re:This is another first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954222)

Space Stations. What is it all about... is it good, or is it whack?

Be honset now... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954261)

the leak was really Carl Rove, right?

Re:Be honset now... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954347)

I'm sorry, I don't know your filthy American celebrities.

Re:Be honset now... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954511)


> I'm sorry, I don't know your filthy American celebrities.

[Courtney Love]

Did somebody call me?

[/Courtney Love]

Cute (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954192)

"She thinks Tux is cute"

Me thinks she is cute...

Re:Cute (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954408)

Where is that quote from?

Re:Cute (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954426)

It's in one of Slashdot's dating service ads.

Re:Cute (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954435)

Who is she? (and of course, is she good or is she wack?)

HOT COCOA SAMPLER BOX IS ON TEH SPOKE!!!~~`~1 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954193)

Re:HOT COCOA SAMPLER BOX IS ON TEH SPOKE!!!~~`~1 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954214)


I declare thee burninated.

Who's on "teh spoke" now, Mr. Bond?

Re:HOT COCOA SAMPLER BOX IS ON TEH SPOKE!!!~~`~1 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954234)

Further information required:
ON TEH SPOKE!!!
Is it good, or whack?

Hack comics all over the country rejoice... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954197)

...as they now get to make "first leak in space" jokes.

To the Moon! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954225)

Salvage 1 was a short-lived television series but I have never forgotten it. You may remember it as "that show where a guy built a spaceship out of junk and flew to the moon". Well, it began as a two-hour television movie aired in January, 1979 starring Andy Griffith as Harry Broderick, the proprieter of Jettison Scrap and Salvage Company.
He was a junkman with an extraordinary dream...to salvage the junk left on the moon by the Apollo moon expeditions in the 1960's and 70's. The subsequent series followed the adventures of Harry and his crew as they undertook various salvage and business ventures. I was a young teenager at the time Salvage 1 aired. Looking back, the show's charm lay in its positive outlook on life (that everyday people can do extraordinary things) and in the characters.
Although Salvage 1 was sometimes embarrassingly bad (i.e."Confederate Gold"), there were almost always some wonderful character moments. I enjoyed the imaginative fun of the show; evident in the whimsical theme music, the thrown-together design of the spaceship Vulture and the portrayal of Harry Broderick by Andy Griffith, who is one

of my sentimental favorite actors. The original two hour pilot/ movie, "Salvage" is undoubtedly the best of all the episodes. After all, as it has been noted, where can you go after you've been to the moon? That may be why the show only lasted a little over half a season. However, I remember it fondly to this day.

Re:To the Moon! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954264)


<blockquote>where can you go after you've been to the moon? </blockquote>

Well, you can always try to get into the... Paris Hilton!!

But seriously folks, I'll be here all week.

Try the veal.

Re:To the Moon! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954300)

OMG! I was only 9 years old at the time, and while I remember the show, I had forgotten what it was called. Wasn't there an episode where they salvaged "Sputnik"? Wow! Thanks for helping me re-live a fond memory.

bet it was made by foreigners (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954204)

If it was made in the US, there wouldn't have been leaks. Yay NAFTA!

Re:bet it was made by foreigners (2, Informative)

BaronAaron (658646) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954233)

Destiny [space.com] was designed and made in the US.

Re:bet it was made by foreigners (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954276)

Somehow almost everything they produce either has or makes holes.

Re:bet it was made by foreigners (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954282)


> Destiny was designed and made in the US.

Fine. We'll fire all the foreigners who helped, and we'll make a new one.

We'll call it... Destiny's Child!

I'll be here all week.

Tip your waitress.

Re:bet it was made by foreigners (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954283)

Yeah, but the hose was made in China.

Re:bet it was made by foreigners (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954292)

yeah, but it was fereners WITHING the US
You know...like people who's ancestors were from feren countries like England, Ireland, Germany, etc.
Yeah... If Destiny was only made by Native American Indians it wouldn't have leaked.
yeah whatever.

Re:bet it was made by foreigners (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954330)

> If Destiny was only made by Native American Indians it wouldn't have leaked.

You ever tried to breathe through buffalo skin?

That shiat's air-tight!

Crazy Horse on teh spoke!!!

Re:bet it was made by foreigners (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954379)

Face it: American products suck so much they often die just because of shame.

FRIST P0ST (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954206)

FRIST P0ST!!!!

Who cares? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954213)

Really.

I would like to think... (0, Interesting)

Orion442 (739483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954223)

If I was on the space station and there was a leak, that fucker would be found a lot sooner than a week.

Re:I would like to think... (4, Insightful)

IWorkForMorons (679120) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954257)

Yeah, but just think of all the tubing, wall panels, airlocks, windows, and god knows what else that had to be check. And especially since it was a leak in a piece of tubing, I'm surprised they found it so fast.

Didn't read the article... (3, Funny)

Michael Crutcher (631990) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954227)

.. but they used Bart's diamond earing, right?

"Freedom! Horrible, horrible freedom!" (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954290)

Inanimate carbon rod uber alles!

Re:Didn't read the article... (5, Funny)

MysticGlyph (706776) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954297)

This is actually a bit frightening when you think about it. If it took them nearly a month to find this problem imagine if it were a much more serious threat. You would hope that the station would have sensitive enough monitering equipment to detect where problems are occurring. I would probably think twice about spending my powerball winnings on a vacation to the ISS and wait till the Hilton is on the moon, ...no not Paris you dirty minded /.er, although 0-Gravity sex... ...nevermind.

Re:Didn't read the article... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954350)

Paris Hilton in a low-g environment... now that does sound like a good way to spend my powerball payout.

Re:Didn't read the article... (1)

Chanc_Gorkon (94133) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954364)

RTFA. It was reported to have a leak on Janurary 5th. They found it on the 12th. Thats pretty good considerign how much they had to check.

Re:Didn't read the article... (4, Interesting)

0123456 (636235) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954402)

If it was a bigger problem it would probably be easier to find. If you were losing 1 psi an hour from a significant leak, it wouldn't be hard to track down even without any special instruments.

Re:Didn't read the article... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954518)

They'd also be dead in 4 hours.

Re:Didn't read the article... (1)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954617)

10 psi isn't fatal! Maybe a bit uncomfortable, but you're not gonna croak outright.

Re:Didn't read the article... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954579)

mod up fools, that was funny

Damn... (5, Funny)

Loki_1929 (550940) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954247)

I was looking forward to watching the ISS sputter around the sky like a deflating balloon with a couple astronaughts hanging on for dear life and screaming bloody murder.

Re:Damn... (5, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954390)

I was looking forward to watching the ISS sputter around the sky like a deflating balloon

Not me. I'm just hoping they don't drop a sturgeon on my car.

Re:Damn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954499)

And in other news, President Bush's head is reported to not be leaking air, but continuing to expand at an alarming rate.

To paraphrase... (5, Funny)

technomom (444378) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954248)

That's one small step for duct tape, one giant leap for mankind.

Re:To paraphrase... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954315)

Mod down, overrated. Not to mention it's a female poster, and women don't know much about anything except spreading their legs and collecting vaginamony.

Speaking of duct tape... (0, Offtopic)

hcg50a (690062) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954540)

I saw a Cops rerun over the weekend. They were dealing with an alligator on the loose. They called in a couple of alligator trappers, and guess what they used to clamp the alligator's jaw?

Duct tape.

When my wife saw that, she laughed and remarked that duct tape can fix anything.

Re:To paraphrase... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954542)

This is why women shouldn't be allowed near computers.

What an unfunny cunt.

right in the nick of time...i guess. (2, Informative)

therealcaf (697590) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954258)

according to the article
The station's air pressure had dropped from the normal 14.7 psi to 14.0 psi. NASA have emphasised that the crew's health was not in danger, but some onboard equipment, including an air monitor, is only certified for use above 13.9 psi
it would seem that things were pretty close. but keeping in mind that it was only losing .03 psi per day it doesnt seem that serious. they would have had 33 more days to find it atleast.

Re:right in the nick of time...i guess. (3, Informative)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954295)

better check your math - in 33 days they would be down to 13.0 psi.

Re:right in the nick of time...i guess. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954475)

Are you using an old Pentium for your calcuations, or do you just work for NASA? They'd be down to 13.01 psi thank you very much! :)

Repressurize (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954491)

I'm just wondering when they can repressurize the station? After all, even with the leak fixed it wouldn't be a great idea to leave it with the lower pressure.

No better time? (5, Insightful)

WebMasterJoe (253077) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954259)

"The news couldn't have come at a better time," mission control told the crew.
This is the kind of thing that makes no sense and must just be there to meet the word count requirements. Here are some "better times" that this could have come: Yesterday, two days ago, the day the leak was discovered.

Re:No better time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954326)

Another victory for the ISS, where science is barely practiced, and maintenance is the top job! Huzzah!

Leak found, fixed (0, Offtopic)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954263)

Booo-ring.

Now, had the leak been in a non-American-made part of the space station, I could have made a funny!

Remember, kids: it's not about being the best, it's about making fun of everybody else.

Re:Leak found, fixed (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954471)

Since the leak was found in an American-made part of the space station, then that must mean that your President is an idiot! Had Gore been rightfully installed as president, the leak would never had occurred. Anyone who can invent the Internet knows not to put a leaky hose in a space station!

In short, this article tells me: SHRUB IS AN IDIOT, AND AMERICA SUCKS.

why are you suck a fuckhead? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954281)

please... tell me why, taco!

Special thanks to McGyver.... (4, Funny)

eggoeater (704775) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954285)

...for telling the crew how to fix the leak using a roofing nail, some hair spray, and a roll of toilet paper.
The crew said they'd get right on it as soon as those supplies were delivered.

--
Generic Sig: End communication.

Re:Special thanks to McGyver.... (1)

Wakkow (52585) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954467)

What will they do now that they've used up all the toilet paper?

Water Test (5, Funny)

Wun Hung Lo (702718) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954291)

I guess it wouldn't have been practical to dip the whole station in a tub of water.

Re:Water Test (5, Funny)

*weasel (174362) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954477)

Hollywood told me that even Tim Robbins could locate this kind of problem in under a minute with 1 Dr Pepper-in-a-bag.

I'm frankly shocked that the reality isn't how it was presented.

bad comms? (-1)

arcanumas (646807) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954301)

In other news it was revealed later today that the so called 'leak' in the space station was attributed to bad communications equipment when the astronaut said: 'going to take a leak'

Re:bad comms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954547)

nobody laughed

weird (-1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954307)

That's really spooky... I just got done taking a leak. I just hope nobody tryies to "fix" me!

Re:weird (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954369)

Well, that depends....do you have a girlfriend? If you do, watch out!

Kent Brockman reports on the incident... (4, Funny)

Chuck Bucket (142633) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954317)

"The spacecraft has apparently been taken over - "conqured" if you will - by a master race of giant space ants. It's difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive earth men or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the ants will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new insect overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality I could be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves." - Kent Brockman

Sturgeon (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954333)

I thought it was because those Russians left the door open after they argued over the sturgeon and tossed it out.

If you smell gas... (1)

alexatrit (689331) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954336)

Childhood advice gone awry on Destiny: if you smell gas or hear a hissing noise, get out of the house.

Re:If you smell gas... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954596)

I smell gas, but that's probably because I had enchiladas for lunch.

Having trouble ... (-1, Offtopic)

El Cubano (631386) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954342)

the cause of the leak in the International Space Station has been found and fixed.

I can't seem to find the link for the patch on kernel.org. Someone want to point me in the right direction?

Equalizing? (5, Funny)

Tebriel (192168) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954355)

Sounds more like it was trying to equalize pressure between the space station and the vaccuum outside...

American Equipment... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954360)

See... they should have outsourced the QA work. Cost cutting on QA would mean death.

Windows? (3, Funny)

skinfitz (564041) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954373)

The hose was used to equalize pressure and eliminate fog between two panes of a window.

So.. someone left a window open?

Re:Windows? (2, Funny)

ElGuapoGolf (600734) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954462)


Not quite, but as someone with some experience in the matter, I can guarantee you that somehow, someway, GM (General Motors) had a hand in this.

Don't believe me? Drive an older GM car thru a carwash, and watch that window sealant leak.

Cracking the hatch ;) (4, Funny)

Cat_Byte (621676) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954401)

From the original story of the launch:

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The $1.4 billion U.S. Destiny lab opened for business at the International Space Station Sunday, cracking the hatch on a new era of scientific discovery that one day could lead to human expeditions beyond Earth orbit.

Heh...cracking the hatch....leak...funny.

another link with more details (4, Informative)

mzs (595629) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954441)

Here is another good article [news.com.au] from The Austrailian with more details. The pressure rose from 13.92 psi to 14.11 psi when the leak was sealed.

What everyone really wants to know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7954463)

So, did they plug the hole with an inanimate carbon rod?

How they fixed the leak? (0, Flamebait)

b0lt (729408) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954464)

Did they jettison half of the space station, or use bubble gum instead?

They fixed it using... (0, Redundant)

damien_kane (519267) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954512)

an inanimate carbon rod!!!

I can see it now... crowds of people parading down the streets chanting 'In Rod We Trust' and 'Long Live the Rod!!'

err... wait... didn't I see that before?

Maybe 'All your rod are belong to us'?

Ho's? (0)

Aardpig (622459) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954521)

The hose was used to equalize pressure and eliminate fog between two panes of a window.

That's a pretty inhumane way to treat ladies of the oldest profession!

The lesson here? (5, Funny)

ZipR (584654) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954528)

When aboard the space station, use Scotch brand magic transparent tape to affix photos of loved ones to the wall. NEVER EVER EVER use push pins, even Scotch brand magic push pins.

Could be a software issue... (3, Funny)

Chuck Bucket (142633) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954534)


  • Dave Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
    HAL I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.
    Dave What's the problem?


CB

Attention astronauts! (4, Funny)

S.I.O. (180787) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954562)

*Don't* forget to reapply the patch after the next ISS service pack!

Another Patch (2, Funny)

Linus Sixpack (709619) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954578)

Just another memorable leak, found and patched. Good thing it wasn't in one of the windows, they'd have to relaunch the space station. :) ls

14.0 PSI? (4, Informative)

kscguru (551278) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954591)

Normal pressure is 14.7 PSI. They are concerned at 14.0 PSI. Their equipment is not rated to work at 13.9 PSI.

Guesstimating from some info here [cozine.com], Denver, CO is ~12 PSI. A tall mountain in the US is ~10 PSI at the top.

Lousy, cheap NASA equipment! It wouldn't work down here on Earth anyways.

No spare hoses on the station?! (1)

Cthefuture (665326) | more than 10 years ago | (#7954598)

A replacement hose may be flown up to the station later in January on a Progress vehicle.

Egads, not even a spare hose. I guess it's a non-critical part but it still seems kinda lame.

It would be common sense that many of the hoses on various equipment would be the same. Then you'd have a bunch of spare hoses to repair all sorts of things. Or maybe I'm not thinking enough like an engineer.
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