Russia says air leak at International Space Station caused by drill hole

Charles Simonyi

Astronauts Repair Hole in International Space Station

NASA said it did not pose any immediate danger to the six-person crew.

Russian Federation on Tuesday began an investigation after the head of its space agency said a hole in the International Space Station could be "deliberate spoilage". He says the drilling equipment necessary to make the hole is available on board the space station, and points out that crew members aren't monitored around the clock. The leak was not life-threatening, with one astronaut initially covering it with his finger.

NASA confirms that the crew aboard International Space Station is safe.

One possibility, according to a space industry source speaking to the Russian state news agency TASS, is that the hole was the result of a botched fix. If the photo is real, the hole sure does seem as it was made on objective with a drill. "The design engineers believe it is the result of a micrometeorite". "But where did it happen?" The hole was discovered and patched last week. But there is another version that we do not rule out: "deliberate interference in space", stated Rogozin.

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When questioned, NASA directed the question back to Russian Federation as they are overseeing the commission's analysis, notes the report. "Please contact them for details", two officials responded by email. Meanwhile, NASA has not specifically commented on the matter, saying any investigation will be undertaken by Roscosmos. That's according to Dmitry Rogozin, CEO of Russia's state space corporation Roscosmos. That's shown in the center-bottom of the diagram above.

The Soyuz MS-09 crew spacecraft from Roscosmos is pictured docked to the Rassvet module as the International Space Station was flying into an orbital night period. And Rogozin also states that there were several attempts at drilling, adding that the drill was held by a 'wavering hand.' A commission will find out who is the culprit.

While the investigation continues, spaceflight experts and aficionados are entertaining their own guesses. Astronauts in orbit resorted to using epoxy to seal the hole late last week, with the incident first blamed on a meteorite strike.

Chances of tiny meteoroids colliding with the Space station are a permanent threat despite the fact that the station was made in such a way that it could withstand the constant bombardment from the dusty fragments that that passes above the Earth. "All my money is on some ground tech messing up and trying to cover up his/her mistake".

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