Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokobiev said the mysterious hole in the Soyuz capsule anchored to the International Space Station was drilled from the inside, according to the Associated Press.
Prokobiev was one of two cosmonauts who tested the hole during the "unprecedented" space flight on December 11. This report is the last in a saga of long months and has long become strange.
Scientists have noticed a leakage of pressure on the ISS back on August 29 this year. They determined that the source was a 2-mm hole in the Soyuz capsule and immediately filled it with epoxy, NASA reported that the astronauts were never in danger.
Since then, pictures of a hole revealed that it looks a lot like a drill hole. Russian authorities hinted that it could have come "intentional spoils," but stopped short of direct accusations. Yuri Borisov, deputy prime minister of Russia for security and aerospace, strongly denied the "[compromise the reputation] Of our cosmonauts, or of American astronauts, "according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
Prokobiev and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko examined the hole in a complex space orbit on December 11, which required disconnecting part of the capsule's meteorite shield.
There are not many more details today – and it is not clear whether the hole was created on Earth or in space. Pablo de Leon, a professor of outdoor and space-space planning at the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, told us in September that micro-stockings would make it very difficult to drill such a hole in space. Indeed, Prokopyev said that it will be until further investigation to determine when the hole is made.
Therefore, although it may be a new development in the story, it does not change much. We still do not know who drilled the hole or when, the investigation continues. Prokopyev denied that the hole could have been drilled by an astronaut.
We arrived at NASA for a response and will keep you updated on this story as it develops. [Associated Press]
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