Space - "Luckily the salon had just completed its last anal bleaching job," ISS spokesperson Maj Dmitry Dumpkoff commented, "before a rupture sent millions of gallons of hydrogen peroxide into outer space."
The mishap occurred shortly after this morning's annular solar eclipse when volatile lunar farces are thought to have accidentally knocked out the gubbins securing the ISS beauty salon's chemical storage vaults.
Up to 100 hairdressers, manicurists, trichologists, waxing technicians and assorted beauty therapy specialists work 24/7 at the complex catering to all the ISS crew's esthetic needs.
Their role is now being reviewed amid fears no new beauty salon supplies are likely to be delivered to the Station much before 2016 following austerity cutbacks in the space program.
Today's leak was videoed by a passing NASA refueling freighter enroute to the latest Mars probe.
Footage seen by QM-NewsCorpse stringers shows a 5,000ft toxic trail of gaseous material emanating from the ISS just like the icy tail of a passing comet.
It is hoped the hydrogen peroxide gas cloud will eventually disperse - with the added potential bonus of bleaching any pesky asteroid and/or meteor material that might be on a collision course with the Earth's Van Allen Belt.
Residue from today's seepage is visible in the Northern sky shortly after sunset with a good pair of binoculars.