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The International Space Station just sprung another leak. And you can give yourself a pat on the back if your first guess at the source was the Russian Nauka module. The leak appears to be coolant from a backup radiator on Nauka. Flight controllers spotted flakes from one of the Nauka radiators thanks to cameras on the …

  1. Martin Summers Silver badge

    Let's not forget of course that someone who has been up there has not been averse to drilling a hole or two. Not that we will ever know what was going through their head when they did that.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      ... what was going through their head when they did that?

      The voice of the Mysterons? :-)

      1. Bebu Silver badge
        Windows

        Re: ... what was going through their head when they did that?

        《The voice of the Mysterons? :-)》

        That you Captain Black?

        UFO with strings :)

    2. imanidiot Silver badge

      Or so Roscosmos claim. Mysteriously no swarf/debris was found inside the spacecraft however and the hole was covered in a way that seems to indicate it had been covered up for a while. My bet is still on "tipsy Russian spacecraft mechanic", not "homesick NASA astronaut".

  2. Andy The Hat Silver badge

    "delivered in 2010"

    If it was replaced once, I assume it can be done again now they know it can be done.

    IIRC the biggest problem is astro/cosmonauts not bringing frozen coolant into the airlock with them.

    1. Gene Cash Silver badge

      Re: "delivered in 2010"

      Well, it was supposed to be launched in 2007, and actually the rated lifetimes on some of the components are expired.

      You don't want coolant coming in with the astronauts or anything else, because it's 100% ammonia. Pretty toxic.

      Another problem is that it'll coat optics, which is why they've closed part of the cupola and other windows.

  3. TVU Silver badge

    Russian Nauka module plays leak-a-boo with International Space Station

    ^ That just has to be the best article headline in ages!

    1. Conundrum1885

      Re: Russian Nauka module plays leak-a-boo with International Space Station

      Should have called the module 'Leaky McLeakface'

      1. Ken Shabby
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        Re: Russian Nauka module plays leak-a-boo with International Space Station

        Could have been worse, what if they blew a seal?

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