Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Soyuz spacecraft fracture caused by human error: Roscosmos

Soyuz spacecraft fracture caused by human error: Roscosmos

The pressure drop inside the worldwide space station recorded 30 August.

Monday, 3 September, it became known to cause air leaks on the global space station (ISS). The crew then patched up the hole with a rubber plug made from duct tape, gauze and a vacuum-proof sealant, the Telegraph reported.

All of them live and work in the ISS's core structure that is connected to two Russian-made Soyuz spacecraft modules.

"Roscosmos has convened a State Commission to conduct further analysis of the possible cause of the leak".

The hole is believed to have been caused by either someone either in space or back on Earth, the Russian space agency claimed.

It's not the first time that Russian Federation is speculating about possible sabotage of its space operations.

The Head of Roscosmos, Dimitry Rogozin, stated on Monday that they don't think it was a micrometeorite impact that damaged that part, because the hole was made from inside the spacecraft, probably by a drill.

As for the theory that the hole was drilled in space, that's a possibility, but it seems odd that an ISS astronaut wouldn't fess up to making such an important mistake when it happened. The space station's team is now composed of three Americans, two Russians and one German.

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Right now, there are six researchers on board the ISS; two from Russian Federation, three from NASA and the commander of the facility, a German astronaut of the ESA.

"Overnight and in the morning there was an abnormal situation - a pressure drop, an oxygen leak at the station", chief of the federal space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. "There were several attempts at drilling", Rogozin said, in a televised interview.

"We can see the mark where the drill bit slid along the surface of the hull", Rogozin said, according to RIA Novosti.

Speaking with the TASS state news agency, a source inside the space industry said that if it were the result of a drill, it could have occurred after the initial safety check at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

As per Russia Today, the individual in charge of the gap has been recognized.

"We can not say exactly what happened", Rogozin reportedly said, adding that Roscosmos' investigatory commission would ultimately find the cause of the leak and "the full name of who is at fault".

The hole was found on the Soyuz spaceship, which ferried astronauts to the ISS back in June.

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