Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Space station leak caused by man-made hole

Space station leak caused by man-made hole

Eventually, US and Russian crew members traced the leak to a 2mm breach in the orbital module of the Soyuz MS-09 vehicle that had flown to the space station in June.

"We are considering all theories", Rogozin said.

The cause of the hole was initially thought to be impact from a micrometeorite or other flying space debris.

The reports quote Rogozin's televised comments that there were several attempts at drilling, the drill had been held by a wavering or faltering hand, and there were traces of the drill sliding along the surface.

However, the agency is determined on finding "the one responsible for that.whether it was an accidental defect or a deliberate spoilage and where it was done - either on Earth or in space", Rogozin said.

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NASA insisted that the six-person crew was never in any danger when the hole was discovered last week, but with a drop in cabin pressure detected, it was vital to apply a patch as quickly as possible.

"The cause of the holes in the inner casing of household compartment of the spacecraft "Soyuz MS-09" installed".

Astronauts used tape to seal the leak after it caused a small loss of pressure that was not life-threatening. The big question was whether the hole could've been a production defect, or more premeditated.

As for the theory that the hole was drilled in space, that's a possibility, but it seems odd that an ISS astronaut wouldn't fess up to making such an important mistake when it happened.

The hole came from inside a Russian spacecraft docked to the station as the result of a "technological error", Dmitry Rogozin of Russia's Roscosmos told a state news agency.

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According to Russian media reports, the hole was accidentally drilled in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft while it was still on the ground.

Gerst of Germany and astronaut Serena Auñón of U.S. and cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev from Russian Federation are all due to using the same affected Soyuz vehicle to return to Earth before the end of this year.

An undated handout photo made available by NASA showing a hole found in the International Space Station (ISS).

One Russian politician and former cosmonaut has even claimed it could have been carried out by a homesick astronaut.

"We're all human, and anyone might want to go home, but this method is really low", Maxim Surayev of President Vladimir Putin's ruling party, told RIA Novosti state news agency.

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