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The U.S. section of the International Space Station has been evacuated due to a possible leak of ammonia from the cooling system, NASA officials tell CBS News.

The situation has been brought under control, and all six crew members are safe in the Russian section of the orbiting station, the officials said.

According to one official, a “very small” ammonia leak was detected around 4:20 a.m. EST, CBS News space consultant William Harwood reports. The crew donned masks as a routine protective measure, moved into the Russian section of the space station and closed hatches to isolate the U.S. section.

The space station crew consists of three Russians, two Americans and an Italian.


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