Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Roskosmos Chief Says Space Station Hole Was 'Deliberate'

Roskosmos Chief Says Space Station Hole Was 'Deliberate'

Lander spacecraft Soyuz MS-08 is one of Russian Federation cosmonaut and two American astronauts returned to NASA from the global space station to Earth.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are scheduled to launch Thursday, Oct. 11 for a same-day arrival, adding to the crew of Expedition 57. NASA astronauts Drew Füstel and Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artimyev of Roskosmos landed in the southeast of Kazak town of Kazakhstan at 11.45 pm on global time.

Detected in August, the hole caused an air leak on the ISS but was quickly sealed up.

Soyuz spacecraft was damaged deliberately, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin said.

Rogozin said a leading theory continues to be that someone in the station or at a space facility on Earth drilled the hole on goal.

On Tuesday, the United States extended its commitment to manning and maintaining the International Space Station through 2030, but Russian officials say they may not be ready to cooperate after discovering what they claim is deliberate, human sabotage aboard the ISS.

A few hours later, Roscosmos spokesman Vladimir Ustimenko clarified that Rogozin didn't mean to say Russian Federation was bailing out of the NASA-led project.

The International Space Station program is tentatively planning a spacewalk for November to examine the hole from the outside.

The ISS is one of the few areas of tight Russia-US cooperation that had until now remained unaffected by the slump in ties, including after Washington's sanctions against Russia over Ukraine and other crises.

In turn, executive director of Roscosmos, Sergey Krikalev, said that there is the version that the Soyuz was drilled by one of the ISS crew members.

Three astronauts, who spent 197 days on the International Space Station as part of Expedition 56, touched down in Kazakhstan on October 4.

Nasa said on Wednesday (Oct 3) that they just don't know the reason yet.

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