International Space Station Springs a Leak

Astronauts not in danger: NASA

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 10, 2013 2:04 AM CDT | Updated May 10, 2013 3:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – The International Space Station is leaking ammonia coolant used to maintain its solar-panel power gear, Space.com reports. NASA says astronauts are "in no danger," but the situation could affect the station's power capabilities. Crew members spotted the frozen ammonia leaking from from a coolant loop yesterday. A similar leak was observed in 2007, but a spacewalk last year was believed to have fixed it. The new leak "is in the same area, but we don't know whether it's the same leak," says a NASA rep.

Experts are still trying to figure out the exact location of the leak. In the meantime, Commander Chris Hadfield has offered a somewhat reassuring tweet, picked up by the Atlantic Wire: "It is a serious situation, but between crew and experts on the ground, it appears to have been stabilized. Tomorrow we find out for certain."

This May 23, 2011 file photo released by NASA shows the International Space Station at an altitude of approximately 220 miles above the Earth.   (AP Photo/NASA, Paolo Nespoli, File)
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