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Russia launched checks Tuesday after its space chief said an air leak on the International Space Station last week could have been deliberate sabotage. Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin said the hole detected Thursday in a Russian space craft docked at the orbiting station was caused by a drill and could have been done deliberately, either back on Earth or by astronauts in space. Astronauts used tape to seal the leak after it caused a small loss of pressure that was not life-threatening. "There were several attempts at drilling," Rogozin said late Monday in televised comments. He added that the drill appeared to have been held by a "wavering hand." "What is this: a production defect or some premeditated actions?" he asked. "We are checking the Earth version. But there is another version that we do not rule out: deliberate interference in space." A commission will seek to identify the culprit by name, Rogozin said, calling this a "matter of honour" for Russia's Energiya space manufacturing company that made the Soyuz. Read more at: phys.org...
Previously Rogozin had said the hole in the side of the Soyuz ship used to ferry astronauts was most likely caused from outside by a tiny meteorite. "We have already ruled out the meteorite version," Rogozin said late Monday. A Russian MP who is a former cosmonaut suggested that a psychologically disturbed astronaut could have done it to force an early return home. "We're all human, and anyone might want to go home, but this method is really low," Maxim Surayev of President Vladimir Putin's ruling party, told RIA Novosti state news agency, "If a cosmonaut pulled this strange stunt—and that can't ruled out— it's really bad," said Surayev, who spent two stints on the ISS. "I wish to God that this is a production defect, although that's very sad, too—there's been nothing like this in the history of Soyuz ships." The hole is in a section of the Soyuz ship that will not be used to carry astronauts back to Earth. A space industry source told TASS state news agency that the spacecraft could have been damaged during testing at Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after passing initial checks and the mistake was then hastily covered up. "Someone messed up and then got scared and sealed up the hole," the source speculated, but then the sealant "dried up and fell off" when the Soyuz reached the ISS. Read more at: phys.org...
Instead, I'd like to know why this is the first (known) case of a damage this big being made by meteorite?
originally posted by: vinifalou
a reply to: CriticalStinker
Did they covered this up when they announced the incident?
Or did they just found out that it was not a meteorite?
As far as I can see Russia is lying. The hit on the white surface isn't a drill it's definitely a puncture because of the way the metal flange bent inward.
originally posted by: joemoe
Could this cause depressurization?
...For now, the leak is small—only 2 mm—but any such break in the bulkhead can lead to complete depressurization.
...A NASA spokesperson confirmed to TIME via phone that the depressurization on the space station did not pose an immediate threat to crew safety, and added: “It was not a full depressurization event, it was a small leak that was tracked to a docked Soyuz.”
...or cause the heat shield to fail during entry?
This time, the breach is in the Soyuz itself, which could prevent the crew from using it as lifeboat and escape vehicle.
If this could cause the destruction of the craft on reentry, can it be used as a false flag?
originally posted by: joemoe
Could this cause depressurization or cause the heat shield to fail during entry? If this could cause the destruction of the craft on reentry, can it be use as a false flag?