Air leak aboard ISS could have been caused deliberately, investigators say

Space agency investigators said that there is a possibility that an air leak aboard the International Space Station was a deliberate act.

The head of the Russian Space Agency has vowed to find the person responsible for it, even if it is an astronaut.

Though the astronauts and cosmonauts on the space station were doing their business as usual on Wednesday, in the back of their minds there must have been thoughts of a hole in their little world.

Last week, a small hole, since plugged, allowed a part of the space station’s air supply to escape.

The head of the Russian Space Agency is still investigating the issue and thinks that it may have been a deliberate act.

Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin who is currently serving as the Director General of Roscosmos said “What is this, a production defect, or some premeditated action?”

Russian space engineers are now very sure that the hole was made by a drill that was penetrated from inside, the shell of a Soyuz space ship launched on June 6 with a crew to the space station. Rogozin said that this surely is done by a human hand and there are traces of a drill sliding along the surface. He added that his team is not rejecting any theories.

Investigators are trying to retrace everything done to the Soyuz while it was on Earth before launch.

Rogozin said that though they are checking the Earth version, there is also another version which they are not ruling out. It is the deliberate interference in space.

The astronauts have themselves indicated that they don’t know how the hole got there. One of the astronauts said that to suggest that they might have done it in space, is to suggest that they had cut their own throats. The question here is, how was the leak noticed only just last week, if the Soyuz craft was launched in June?

Rogozin said that it is a matter of honor to find the one responsible for that and to find out whether it was an accidental defect or a deliberate spoilage.

Investigators are trying to find if someone on the ground could have made the hole before launch, and then applied an improvised patch, which could have fallen off or gotten sucked out into the space. Officials say the astronauts have not been in any danger because of the hole.

Further investigations should tell how actually this happened.

Mike Ullrich

As a health coach who loves the scientific variations that are reason of our existence, Mike houses a good understanding of the scientific community and its advancements which is why he holds interest in jotting science news articles for Scoop Cube.

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