Space station leak could have been sabotage, Russian Federation says

Space station leak could have been sabotage, Russian Federation says”

The International Space Station crew on Thursday sealed a tiny hole in a Russian capsule that had been causing air leak from the station.

"We are considering all the theories".

It is said that the damage was caused due to an impact of a high-speed rocky fragment flying through space. But it seems to have been done by a faltering hand.

Rogozin said the leak was determined to have been made by a human hand, as there were "traces of a drill sliding along the surface".

Now on the ISS are two cosmonauts from Russian Federation, three NASA astronauts and a German from the European Space Agency.

Rogozin announced Russian Federation was launching a commission to seek out the culprit - who he described as having "wavering hand".

Astronauts on the space station experienced a drop in the pressure, which led to the small hole.

The Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft launched toward the ISS on June 8 carrying cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, and NASA astronaut Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor.

Russian Federation began checks yesterday as its space chief said an air leak found on the International Space Station could be sabotage.

In a dramatic turn of events, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin said this week that the meteorite theory had to be rejected as "the spaceship's hull was evidently impacted from inside".

On Aug. 29, sensors cautioned flight controllers to a little loss of compartment pressurization while the Expedition 56 group was snoozing.

An undated handout photo made available by NASA showing a hole found in the International Space Station (ISS).

"What is this: a production defect or some premeditated actions?" he said to Russian news agency TSS. Alexander Zheleznyakov, for example, as a former space industry engineer and current author, told TASS that drilling a hole like this in near zero gravity is nearly impossible, especially in that section of the spacecraft which will not be used to carry people back to Earth. Currently, there are three Americans, two Russians and one German on the spacecraft.

NASA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

RIA Novosti news agency quoted a source in the space industry as saying that the inspection of the spacecraft based in Korolyov in the Moscow region will start in the next few days. "There are several attempts to influence the drill", the official said.

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