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Cause of mystery ISS hole is a 'state secret'

By T.K. Randall
September 29, 2019 · Comment icon 8 comments

The answer to the mystery is staying a secret, at least for now. Image Credit: NASA
Russia has finally determined who or what created the hole on the ISS... but nobody else is getting to know.
When a reduction in cabin pressure lead to the discovery of a small leak in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft docked at the International Space Station back in September of last year, 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.

Since then, both NASA and Roscosmos have been conducting their own investigations into the incident in an effort to determine whether or not deliberate sabotage was responsible.

Now according to reports, Russia has finally figured out once and for all what happened, but in a frustrating twist it has declared the solution to the mystery a 'state secret.'
"What happened is clear to us, but we won't tell you anything," said Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin.

"(It) was in the living quarters (of the Soyuz), it has long since burned up upon re-entry. We took all the samples. We know exactly what happened, but we won't tell you anything."

Even NASA has been kept in the dark about what happened.

"They have not told me anything," said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.

As things stand, unless Russia's stance changes, we may never know the answer.

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Hazzard 4 years ago
  The hole was to small  to pose any danger to the ISS... It could have been drilled on Earth, or later in space, they dont know. To be continued I guess.
Comment icon #2 Posted by zygote_myles 4 years ago
Wow. Makes you wonder if whoever drilled it was trying to cause a space disaster of some sort. Terrible thought.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
Well an Ukrainian missile downed Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 in 2001 and the US downed Iran Air Flight 655 in 1980. Flying in the middle of a conflict or above a military exercise is a wish to get downed... 
Comment icon #4 Posted by AllPossible 4 years ago
Don't forget MH17 which killed 300 from a russian surface-to-air missile. That is still a mystery. They just placed the blame on some random people. It was a large plane & from what I read their were some important researchers onboard. Sad actually
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
I don't forget it... it's just people forget all the others... For the mh17, They were Ukrainian Buk missiles Flying everywhere, old Russians one left in east Ukraine flying everywhere used by the rebel... Fighters bombers bombing and getting shooting at, fighters intercepting...war is the cause and culprit.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Mr.United_Nations 4 years ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by L.A.T.1961 4 years ago
A very odd event to happen in a highly regulated place. No actions are taken in space unless simulations are done and astronauts trained to do the task. The eventual outcome of letting atmosphere out of the ISS would be to make it uninhabitable and the crew would have to evacuate and return to earth. Who would this benefit?   The only way back to the station is via a Russian rocket, the US would have had no launch vehicle available to try and reoccupy without Russian help, with all the crew off the station it would be easy for cosmonauts to go back, repair the leak, and claim the ISS for Russi... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
The hole was not enough to cause a disaster and was on a component discarded on reentry... I don't thing it was a bloodthirsty sabotage. Beside pure stupidity, it could be Russia wanting to force the US buy a new module to replace the damaged one for safety?

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