Space & Astronomy
Mystery ISS hole was 'deliberate sabotage'
By T.K. Randall
October 3, 2018 · 19 comments
Who drilled the hole and why ? Image Credit: NASA
Russian investigators have concluded that the hole found on the ISS was made deliberately, not accidentally.
When a reduction in cabin pressure led to the discovery of a small leak in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft docked at the International Space Station last month, it was initially assumed that a micrometeorite impact was to blame.
Upon closer inspection however it turned out that the hole had been made by a drill, suggesting that it was either accidental damage or the result of deliberate sabotage.
Now following several weeks of further investigation, Russian officials have reached the conclusion that it was neither a manufacturing defect nor damage caused by an accident during construction.
This means that the most likely explanation is that someone drilled the hole on purpose.
"[The investigation] concluded that a manufacturing defect had been ruled out which is important to establish the truth," said Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos.
"Where it was made will be established by a second commission, which is at work now."
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