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“Hole-y Mackerel!” Moment on International Space Station

Date: 31 August 2018
Category: Current Events, Homophones, Spelling

A micrometeorite strike has been blamed by NASA and its Russian counterparts as the cause of a tiny, “micro-fracture” pressure leak on the International Space Station Wednesday.

NASA explained that the space station crew is conducting troubleshooting and repair work: “The leak has been isolated to a hole about two millimeters in diameter in the orbital compartment, or upper section, of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft attached to the Rassvet module of the Russian segment.”

Once the hole was identified, crewmembers applied Kapton tape–a kind of aerospace duct tape–to slow the leak. “Flight controllers are working with the crew to develop a more comprehensive long-term repair,” NASA added. “Once the patching is complete, additional checks will be performed. All station systems are stable, and the crew is in no danger as the work to develop a long-term repair continues.”

No official word what the crews had for dinner to celebrate the repair. Incidentally, astronauts consume many of the foods they would have at home on earth: scrambled eggs, spaghetti, chicken teriyaki, broccoli au gratin, oatmeal with raisins, etc. During the holidays they have turkey, candied yams, cornbread dressing, and other seasonal foods.

I wonder if this particular recipe for mackerel, quinoa and leek cream tortillas–created a few years ago by Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti aboard the International Space Station– happened to be on this week’s menu?



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