The biggest space history of this year was, of course, a mysterious hole aboard the Soyuz capsule, which was docked to the International Space Station. This event overshadowed the asteroid landing on Ryuga and other impressive achievements.
After so many studies, both on Earth and on the ISS, the Russian cosmonaut came with surprising answers: it seems that the hole was indeed drilled from inside the capsule. But when and how? This is where the puzzle becomes stranger.
At the end of August, NASA's flight controllers at Johnson Space Center detected a drop in air pressure at the space station, but the crew was not in danger. The crew on board discovered that the leak came from a two-millimeter hole in the Russian Soyuz capsule, which was docked to the space station. This capsule delivered three astronauts to the station in June. As soon as the team filled the hole with epoxy and gauze, they began to wonder how it all turned out. The first possibility was that the capsule was hit by space junk or micrometeorites, but all the evidence showed that the hole was made by man.
The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin, suggested that the capsule was sabotaged either on Earth or a member of the crew on the space station — when the proposals were made, the Russian authorities then abandoned their statements, but the space relations between Russia and the United States were damaged in a certain way. degree.
Final results – who sabotaged the Soyuz capsule?
Finally, on December 11, Sergei Prokopiev and Oleg Kononenko went to the 8-hour cosmic exit to investigate the hole and cut a 10-inch sample to send scientists on Earth to study.
According to Prokopyev’s statement this Monday, the hole was made from within, which means that it was created by man – intentionally or accidentally. Prokopyev added that “it’s not so bad to think about our team,” referring to the fictitious probability that the hole was drilled by one of the crew members in space, which is also a very difficult task in microgravity conditions.
This means that the engineer probably made this hole when the capsule was on the ground – during production, maintenance and repair. Perhaps the problem was not noticed or reported, or the hole was covered with sealant, which fell out when the capsule was already in orbit.
If this proves that the mistake was made on Earth, it will become a problem for Roskosmos and their security audit protocol, which will make international partners alarmed and will probably become less prepared to participate in the launches of the Soyuz spacecraft.
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