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Hole in Soyuz was 'drilled from the inside'


Posted on Wednesday, 26 December, 2018 | Comment icon 23 comments

Who was responsible for drilling the hole and why ? Image Credit: NASA
One of the cosmonauts who investigated the hole maintains that it was drilled from inside the capsule.
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 back in September, it was initially assumed that a micrometeorite impact was to blame.

A later investigation however revealed that the hole had seemingly been created by a drill, opening up the very real possibility that someone had gone about creating it on purpose.

Earlier this month, two Russian cosmonauts conducted a spacewalk outside the station in an effort to shed new light on the mystery (see video below). During their excursion, Oleg Kononenko used a knife to cut through the exterior insulation so that samples from around the hole could be taken.

Now one of the two men - Sergei Prokopyev - has revealed that the hole was likely created from the inside and that Russian authorities are now carrying out a detailed investigation in to the incident.

During a press conference, he said that it will up to the investigators to determine what happened.


Source: Tech Times | Comments (23)

Tags: Soyuz

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by Varelse on 5 October, 2018, 4:24
Everyone working on these ships is pulled from the very best in their field. It's an intellectual, somewhat multi-national group. I have a hard time believing any of them would/could do this as a mistake too.  These construction hangers are under heavy surveillance . All logistics, work and inspections get carefully logged down to each bolt. I'm sure everyone who had access is being put on a list. Video is being scoured over. They narrow people down based on when it wasn't and was present until a few unusual suspects remain...
Comment icon #15 Posted by Mystify on 5 October, 2018, 21:48
Why would anyone WANT to sabotage their own life vessel?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Varelse on 5 October, 2018, 23:45
It could have happened before takeoff. I think that's at least what Russia is investigating right now.  
Comment icon #17 Posted by Eldorado on 24 December, 2018, 16:10
A Russian cosmonaut who explored a mysterious hole in a capsule docked to the International Space Station says Russian law enforcement agencies are investigating what caused the opening. Sergei Prokopyev said Monday that investigators were looking at samples he and crewmate Oleg Kononenko collected during a Dec. 12 spacewalk. Prokopyev and two other astronauts returned to Earth last week after 197-day space station mission. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-6527177/Russian-law-enforcement-investigate-Intl-Space-Station-hole.html
Comment icon #18 Posted by seanjo on 26 December, 2018, 16:34
Russia didn't do it, a Russian employee did it.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Timothy on 27 December, 2018, 11:09
And Russia has tried oh so hard to clear their name.
Comment icon #20 Posted by qxcontinuum on 28 December, 2018, 5:16
I've just heard that Russian astronauts are allowed to carry weapons...
Comment icon #21 Posted by Uber Doubter on 28 December, 2018, 8:46
Scuff marks on the inside - most definitely drilled from the inside. What are the nationalities of the people onboard? This is like an Agatha Cristie murder mystery - fortunately what seems to be a foiled plot so far.
Comment icon #22 Posted by toast on 28 December, 2018, 9:04
1.) What exactly should that mean? 2.) There are guns on the ISS1 and they are accessible for all ISS crew members. The guns are part of the survival package thats been used in case of emergency landings in remote areas, to protect the astronauts from predators and for the reason of hunting. No need for any kind of CT here.
Comment icon #23 Posted by seanjo on 29 December, 2018, 16:15
All I've seen is an investigation, not a cover-up.


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