NASA has assessed the ammonia leak on the ISS external surface
WASHINGTON, Feb 25 — RIA Novosti. A minor leak of ammonia on the outer surface of the American segment of the International space station (ISS) was first recorded a few years ago, NASA continues to monitor the situation, as immediate intervention is not required, told RIA Novosti on Friday the representative office.
Earlier on Friday, Russian media reported, citing an anonymous source in the Russian rocket and space industry, which is the American segment of the ISS discovered a leak of ammonia.
“Over the past several years, engineers have been monitoring the leak (ammonia), which is slightly higher than expected figures in the past six months (observed) trend to a small increase (level, leakage). In such circumstances, the system may operate normally for several years without (having to take) any actions,” — said the representative of the Ministry RIA Novosti.
According to her, we are talking about ammonia is used to dissipate heat output from the station through its generators. “All components that use ammonia, located on the outer surface (ISS)”, — have informed in NASA, saying that the American experts predict that “the ammonia level will slowly decline.”
“NASA will continue to monitor the system and take any necessary action in the future”, — noted in this regard, the representative of the U.S. space Agency.