US section of space station evacuated after leak, Russia says
The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) evacuated its U.S section on Wednesday because of a leak of "harmful substances" from the cooling system but all are safe and the situation is under control, Russian space officials said.


The six crew - three Russians, two Americans and an Italian - were now in the Russian section of the orbiting station after what Russian news agency Interfax had initially described as an ammonia leak.


"The US section of the ISS has been isolated, the crew are safe and in the Russian section," Maxim Matyushin, head of Russia's Mission Control Centre, said in a statement.


"The concentration of impurities in the atmosphere in the Russian section of the ISS is within permissible levels.


First published: 01.14.15, 14:23