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Nasa: Ammonia leak on ISS possible but not certain

A Nasa statement has said that the crew on board the International Space Station (ISS) is safe and that an ammonia leak is possible but not certain.

The official said the crew had evacuated to one section of the ISS after they observed an increase in water loop pressure and then cabin pressure.

This could indicate an ammonia leak, but this is a "worst case scenario", hence the precautionary evacuation.

The statement said that the alert could also have been caused by a "faulty sensor or by a problem in a computer relay box".


Crew 'evacuated from part of International Space Station'

Astronauts have been evacuated from the US section of the International Space Station due to an ammonia leak, it has been reported.

The evacuation was reportedly ordered due to a leak of "harmful substances" from the cooling system.

All six members of crew, which includes three Russian astronauts, two American and one Italian, are now holed up in the Russian section of the station.

Russian news agencies report the situation is now under control.

ISS crew marks Christmas from space

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is in the holiday spirit as the station is decorated with stockings for each crew member and a tree. Credit: NASA

The six astronauts aboard the International Space Station have been celebrating Christmas while orbiting the Earth.


Space station crew return safely to Earth

Credit: RTV

A veteran Russian cosmonaut and two International Space Station crewmates have returned safely to Earth after over five months in orbit.

The Soyuz spacecraft on its descent back to earth Credit: RTV

A Soyuz capsule carrying Maxim Suraev of the Russian space agency, who was commander of the station during the mission, climbed into the Soyuz craft with NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and German flight engineer Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency, and landed safely in an icy Kazakhstan.

Hurricane Gonzalo pictured from ISS as storm hits Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo Credit: Alexander Gerst

Astronaut Alexander Gerst has shared incredible pictures of Hurricane Gonzalo as the huge storm bears down on Bermuda.

The powerful Category 3 storm could raise coastal seas as much as 10 feet (3 metres).

Hurricane Gonzalo Credit: Alexander Gerst

Gonzalo has already begun to pound Bermuda with wind and heavy surf, bearing down on the tiny British territory.

The storm was centered about 100 miles (165 kilometres) south-southwest of Bermuda this afternoon with top sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph), according to the US National Hurricane Centre in Miami.

Gonzalo's eye is expected to pass close enough to be considered a direct hit.

Hurricane Gonzalo Credit: Alexander Gerst

First Russian woman to work aboard ISS arrives

Elena Serova is only the fourth Russian woman to go to space. Credit: Reuters

The first Russian female to work on board the International Space Station has safely docked with the rest of her crew.

A Russian Soyuz rocket safely docked with the ISS after launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier, despite a technical problem with one of the craft's solar panels.

Elena Serova, a 38-year-old trained as space industry engineer, was only the fourth Russian woman in history to fly into space. She will also be the first Russian woman to work aboard the ISS, whose first component was launched in 1998.

After seven years of hard training as a cosmonaut, Serova said in an interview that she had long dreamed about proving that Russian women are able to return to space flights.

Her predecessor, Elena Kondakova, made her second - and last - flight to the Russian space station Mir in 1997 as part of a NASA space shuttle crew.

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