Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopiev said that the mysterious hole in the Soyuz capsule docked to the International Space Station was drilled from the inside, according to The Associated Press.
Prokopiev was one of two astronauts who examined the hole during the "unprecedented" spacewalk on December 11. This report is the latest in a multi-year saga that has long become strange.
Scientists have noticed a leakage of pressure on the ISS on August 29 of this year. They determined that the source was a 2-millimeter hole in the Soyuz capsule, and quickly filled it with epoxy resin. NASA reported that astronauts were never in danger.
Since then, photos of the hole have shown that it looks awfully similar to the hole. Russian authorities reported that this could have occurred due to deliberate damage, but did not press direct charges. Yuri Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia for the defense and space industry, categorically denies attempts[compromise the reputation] either our cosmonauts or American astronauts, ”reports the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.
On December 11, Prokopiev and the Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko examined the hole in the difficult spacewalk, which required the detachment of a part of the capsule meteorite shield.
Currently there are not so many details, and it is unclear whether the hole was created on Earth or in space. Pablo De Leon, professor of extravagant actions and spacesuit design at the Faculty of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, told us in September that microgravity would make it harder to drill such a hole in space. Indeed, Prokopiev said that it would be a further investigation to determine when the hole was made.
Thus, although it may be a new event in history, it does not change much. We still do not know who drilled the hole and when, and the investigation continues. Prokopyev denied that the astronaut could drill a hole.
We contacted NASA for comments and will keep you updated on this story as it progresses. [Associated Press]
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