Russia: Hole in space station was likely act of sabotage

Astronauts Repair Hole in International Space Station

On August 30, a 2mm "microcrack" was detected on the hull of a Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, which is now docked to the ISS.

The microfracture was discovered last week in a Russian module used to deliver new crew to the station.

Astronauts had initially put tape over the hole and then cosmonauts eventually plugged it using epoxy and gauze to stabilize the air pressure inside the station.

The reason of depressurization of the spacecraft "Soyuz MS-09", docked to the ISS, was the mistake in the production, namely the drilled hole in the inner hull. After two months in orbit, the sealant apparently dried out, the source said, and was expelled by the cabin air pressure, opening up a leak. However, this idea has been doubted based on claims it would be impossible to drill such a hole in that part of the station in zero gravity.

But the story took a freaky turn on Monday when Dmitriy Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, alluded to possible sabotage - maybe even in space. Energia will check all the possible defects at the production site in Moscow and also those that are awaiting launch from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Rogozin went on to say that the initial theory that the hole was caused by a meteorite is now ruled out.

The meteorite version has been completely ruled out.

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"There were several attempts at drilling", Rogozin said, adding: "We are checking the Earth version".

It is said that the damage was caused due to an impact of a high-speed rocky fragment flying through space. Speculating, the source said that someone could have panicked and sealed up the hole, only for it to disintegrate in the rigours of space.

In the comments made by Rogozin in the interview also point out that the hole was made with a drill by a faltering hand, because there were traces of drill sliding on the surface.

But according to TASS, a Russian news agency, Dmitry Rogozin - head of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos - tentatively blamed human error that would have taken place on the ground, before the Soyuz capsule's June launch.

The head of Russia's space agency said he was not ruling out anything, including whether it was made on Earth or in space.

Right now, there are six researchers on board the ISS; two from Russian Federation, three from NASA and the commander of the facility, a German astronaut of the ESA.

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