The ISS Hole Came From Inside the Station, Says Cosmonaut

Mindy Sparks
December 29, 2018

One of the cosmonauts has confirmed that the opening was drilled from inside the ISS and has confirmed that Russian law enforcement is working on determining what caused the issue.

While your feet are firmly on the earth this Christmas, a few astronauts are at the International Space Station this holiday season. If anyone were to give away such an award it would definitely be handed to the freaky saga of the leak that spontaneously appeared in the hull of a Soyuz spacecraft that was attached to the International Space Station several months ago. Specifically: How did the hole get there? In particular, shortly after the hole was discovered, Dmitry Rogozin, the Director General of Russia's Roscosmos space agency, declared that the hole appeared to be created by a human and speculated that it could have been deliberate.

Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko of Russian Federation is also with McClain and Saint-Jacques on the International Space Station as part of Expedition 58. Because there's only the one hole, that rules out a micrometeorite or some natural cause.

Prokopyev scoffed at the idea the hole could have been drilled by an astronaut, saying, 'You shouldn't think so badly of our crew'. Instead, the only possible explanation seems to be that someone drilled the hole, either accidentally or on objective.

Astronauts returning to Earth after an extended period in space have temporary problems with simple activities like walking, thanks to most muscles not being used for long periods (that's also why astronauts are required to also work out for at least two hours every day that they're in outer space). If this whole thing is the result of deliberate sabotage, it could damage the worldwide image of Roscosmos and the Russian space program.

12 spacewalk, Sergei Prokopyev and crewmate Oleg Kononenko collected samples from the hole in the Russian Soyuz rocket, which Prokopyev brought back to Earth when he returned from his 197-day space station mission on December 20. With more advanced instruments than those available to the ISS astronauts, we may be able to solve this mystery soon.

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