A Leak In The International Space Station Was Caused By A Suspicious Puncture

Space Exploration News When Russian ground operators realized a there was pressure loss in the International Space Station, a small hole was discovered to be the cause. A Russian...

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When Russian ground operators realized a there was pressure loss in the International Space Station, a small hole was discovered to be the cause. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft that was docked with the ISS had a 2-millimeter hole punctured through it, and it was promptly sealed with tape, followed by an epoxy.

While the hole was initially thought to have originated from a small meteor striking the vessel, the true suspicious nature of it came to light when drill marks were seen around the hole. This has led some, including a Russian official, to consider the possibility of sabotage aboard the craft.

There are currently six astronauts on the ISS, three American, two Russian, and one German. While the mysterious nature of the hole remains up in the air, Dimitri Rogozin, head of Roscomos, the Russian civilian space agency, has claimed that a full commission will be conducted into the incident. The hole was discovered to have drill marks that had apparently slid across the surface of the metal, causing scratches. However, some think the hole may have been a defect that was present at launch on earth, and not an act of sabotage.

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