Investigators have shared other updates about the latest International Space Station hole dilemma.
On Monday, a Russian cosmonaut who observed a random hole in a spacecraft docked on the ISS said that the opening was drilled from inside the capsule, the Associated Press reported. Russian law enforcement agencies are looking for the cause of the mysterious hole and why the hole spontaneously appeared on the Soyuz rocket.
During the December 12 space trip, Sergei Prokopyev and crew Oleg Kononenko collected samples from the Russian Soyuz rocket, which Prokopyev brought to Earth when he returned from the 197-day space station mission on December 20. Russian researchers are now studying these samples, and hope to get the root hole dilemma soon.
On August 30, the ISS crew found a hole in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft installed at the station. The ISS crew found a leak, which caused a slight loss of pressure, and closed the hole with gauze to prevent further damage.
Fortunately, the hole did not cause problems for Prokopyev and his friends, Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, when they returned, because the area where the hole appeared fell from the plane before they returned. into the atmosphere of the Earth.
In September, Dmitry Rogozin, a head of Roscosmos, told the TASS news agency that the hole could have been drilled into the spacecraft when it was made or in orbit. Rogozin did not directly blame the crew members, however, his comments might have caused tension between NASA and Roscosmos.
Since then, Rogozin has canceled his statement and both NASA and Roscosmos said they would not specify the initial conclusions until the investigation was completed.
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