Russia wants to keep the source of ISS air leaks secret from NASA

The soap around the mysterious hole and the air leak of the International Space Station continues.

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NASA wants answers, but it seems that their Russian counterparts are not willing to give them, despite allegedly the cause of the problem so long ago as last year.

In August 2018, astronauts rushed to repair a hole that had appeared on the outer wall of the Soyuz capsule in the laboratory around the orbit. Its origin was and still is a mystery – despite many speculations.

The Russian space agency Roscosmos has investigated the gap and compiled a file on the incident, but reports claim it will not reveal its findings.

This apparently also includes his international staff at ISS, including NASA.

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator and top boss, says he wants to maintain a good working relationship, but insists that the Russians kept him in the dark.

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In August 2018, astronauts hurried to repair a hole (photo) that had appeared on the outer wall of the Soyuz capsule in the laboratory in orbit. Its origin was, and still is, a mystery despite many speculations.

In August 2018, astronauts hurried to repair a hole (photo) that had appeared on the outer wall of the Soyuz capsule in the laboratory in orbit. Its origin was, and still is, a mystery despite many speculations.

The leak, a circular hole in the hull of the Russian Soyuz capsule when it joined the ISS, was the subject of headlines and speculation for months.

The exact cause of the break was thought of a failed repair work by an engineer drilling through the side of the spacecraft.

However, some claimed procrastination and deliberate sabotage.

A report from the Russian news agency RIA Novosti claimed that Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos, revealed that the agency had discovered the origin of the hole last year.

It is also reported that the findings would not be released.

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& # 39; They didn't tell me anything, & # 39; Jim Bridenstine said during a question session about the energy conference in Houston last week, the Houston Chronicle said.

& # 39; I don't want one item (the relationship) coming back, but it is clearly unacceptable that there are gaps in the international space station & he said.

The hole in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the station was spotted on August 30, three months after it was first docked.

A reduction in air pressure was detected and astronauts rushed to find the cause.

Just a few days prior to their return to Earth, the cosmonauts underwent a grueling space walk that took nearly eight hours to explore the hole, using knives and scissors to cut into the side of the ISS.

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator and top boss, (pictured, right, with actor Brad Pitt who visited NASA this week) says he wants to maintain a good working relationship, but insists he was kept in the dark by the Russians
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Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator and top boss, (pictured, right, with actor Brad Pitt who visited NASA this week) says he wants to maintain a good working relationship, but insists he was kept in the dark by the Russians

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator and top boss, (pictured, right, with actor Brad Pitt who visited NASA this week) says he wants to maintain a good working relationship, but insists he was kept in the dark by the Russians

The crew discovered a 2 millimeter (0.08 inch) hole that caused the leak and clogged it with epoxy and mesh.

NASA claimed that the astronauts on board were never in danger, but images and further investigation revealed that it was made from within.

Sergey Prokopyev and two other astronauts, Serena Aunon-Chancellor from NASA and Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency, were on board when it was detected.

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Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said in September 2018 that the hole could have been drilled when the capsule was manufactured or in orbit.

At the time, however, he stopped accusing crew members, but the statement caused some friction between Roscosmos and NASA.

Rogozin has since declined from the statement and blamed the news media for twisting his words.

Prokopyev mocked the idea that the hole could have been drilled by an astronaut and said: & # 39; You shouldn't think so badly of our crew. & # 39;

WHAT WOULD CAUSE A HOLE IN ISS?

Theory one – it was caused by a small meteorite

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A small hole appeared in a Russian space capsule that was locked to the ISS on 30 August.

The & # 39; microfracture & # 39; which was reportedly about 2 mm wide in the $ 150 billion (£ 115 billion) space station was discovered after astronauts noticed a pressure drop.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency reportedly put his finger over the gap before the crew taped it up.

The hole was confirmed restored on Friday (August 31) after the cabin pressure returned to normal.

It was initially believed to be caused by a small meteorite, and astronauts used tape to seal the leak after causing a small pressure drop.

Theory two – it was intentionally made into a job

However, as the investigation progressed, it began to appear that someone's hole had been made inside rather than outside, either on Earth or in space, the Russian space agency claimed.

Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said in September that the gap during production or during a job with a & # 39; hesitant hand & # 39; could have been drilled.

He did not say if he suspected one of the American crew members, but the explanation caused some confusion.

Sources suggest that the question of how to fix the gap may have strained the relationships between Moscow and Houston.

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Rogozin has since renounced his statement that blamed the media for twisting his words and said he & # 39; never pointed the finger at American astronauts & # 39 ;.

Theory three – it was caused by a worker at Energia

A leading theory from an unnamed source at Energia said the hole was made in the ground – possibly caused by & # 39; intentional interference & # 39; – with suggestions that the responsible person may have already identified.

Another anonymous source said the hole was drilled by an employee who hid their mistake with a seal instead of reporting it.

An unnamed source at Energia told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti that & # 39; (t) he had made a hole on the ground & # 39 ;.

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According to the source, & # 39; (t) the person responsible for the negligence has been identified & # 39 ;.

Another anonymous source said the hole was not created intentionally, but by an employee who hid his mistake with a seal instead of reporting it.

The patchwork repair lasted the journey up to the ISS, but after three weeks in a job it gradually went away.

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