Cosmonaut Says ISS Hole Was Drilled From the Inside

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Investigators have shared another update on the latest International Space Station hole dilemma.On Monday, a Russian cosmonaut who observed a random hole in a spacecraft docked at the ISS said that the opening was drilled from inside the capsule, the Associated Press reported. Russian law enforcement agencies are looking into the cause of the mysterious hole and why it would spontaneously appear on the Soyuz rocket.During a Dec. 12 spacewalk, Sergei Prokopyev and crewmate Oleg Kononenko collected samples from the hole in the Russian Soyuz rocket, which Prokopyev brought back to Earth when he returned from his 197-day space station mission on Dec. 20. Russian investigators are now studying these samples, and hope to get to the root of the hole dilemma soon.On Aug. 30, the ISS crew found the hole in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the station. The ISS crew discovered the leak, which caused a slight loss of pressure, and plugged the hole with gauze to prevent further damage.Fortunately, the hole didn’t cause issues for Prokopyev and his crewmates, Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, when they returned, because the area where the hole appeared was dropped from the aircraft before they re-entered into Earth’s atmosphere.In September, Dmitry Rogozin, a Roscosmos chief,  told the TASS news agency that the hole could have been drilled into the spacecraft when it was made or in orbit. Rogozin wasn’t directly blaming crew members, however, his comment might have stirred up some tension between NASA and Roscosmos.Since then, Rogozin has backed off his statement and both NASA and Roscosmos said they weren’t going into detail on preliminary conclusions until the investigation is completed.More on 8-Hour Forensic Spacewalk Solve Galactic Whodunit? Soyuz Crew Returns to Earth After 197-Day Mission in SpaceFirst Crewed Soyuz Rocket Goes to Space After Aborted Missionlast_img

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