January 6, 2004

Meanwhile, in near Earth orbit... a slow leak.


"U.S. and Russian specialists are investigating a slight drop in total cabin air pressure, which was first noted on 12/29 and has now stabilized at 731-732 mmHg after as total drop of 11 mmHg. While total pressure is directly measured, ppN2 (nitrogen partial pressure) cannot be determined by instrument readings but is commonly calculated (with known ppO2). The apparent decrease in nitrogen is as yet unexplained and under investigation."

Translation: The International Space Station is losing significant amounts of air, and nobody knows why.

Via SciScoop

Posted by Vanderleun at January 6, 2004 2:59 PM
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