Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Who Drilled the Hole That Caused the ISS Air Leak?

Who Drilled the Hole That Caused the ISS Air Leak?

Space station astronauts patched a small hole in the upper orbital module of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft (left) on August 30, 2018.

It's not the first time that Russian Federation is speculating about possible sabotage of its space operations.

Dmitry Rogozin, space agency chief of Russia's space agency, said that the hole in the space station-which caused an air leak-wasn't of natural causes.

"There is another version that we are not ruling out; that this was done deliberately in space", Russian news agency RIA Novosti quoted Rogozin saying.

The incident may have occurred during the final assembly or testing of the Soyuz, according to the new report, published today (Sept. 6) by the Russian news agency TASS.

"Most probably, a worker drilled a wrong hole and then patched it up and then either avoided telling anyone or those he had informed preferred to keep quiet".

He was joined by USA astronaut Anne McClain and Russian Oleg Kononenko, his two travelling companions, who will be on board a Soyuz spacecraft when it launches December 20 for the orbiting space laboratory from Kazakhstan. NASA issued photos of the so-called "impact" but after detailed analysis Roscomos admitted that an external impact had been ruled out.

Alexander Zheleznyakov, a former space industry engineer and author, told the TASS state news agency that drilling the hole in zero gravity would be almost impossible in that part of the spacecraft.

Apart from releasing a series of photos NASA has not commented, referring all questions to the Russian space agency which is overseeing the investigation.

"Why would cosmonauts do it?" he asked. The hole, on Thursday, was already sealed at the time of discussions. The hole is in a section of the Soyuz ship that is discarded in orbit and not used to carry people back to Earth. It was thought that a meteorite hit the space station, creating the hole. "What is this: a production defect or some premeditated actions?", he asked. Crew members arrive and depart using the Russian capsules; the leaking one had arrived in June.

The hole that caused the International Space Station air pressure leak was discovered to be made by a drill. He said that what the hole did to the mission and to the spacecraft necessitated an early return to the Russian cosmodrome-which solves the problem of homesickness if that ever was the cause.

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