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NASA defends astronaut over Russian ISS drama

By T.K. Randall
August 16, 2021 · Comment icon 7 comments

NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor. Image Credit: NASA
NASA has made a statement in defense of one of its astronauts after Russia accused her of misconduct.
The Russian news agency TASS, which speaks with the authority of the Russian government, recently raised some eyebrows after it claimed that NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor had suffered an emotional breakdown aboard the International Space Station back in 2018 that had led her to deliberately damage a Russian spacecraft in an effort to expedite her return to Earth.

When NASA initially responded to the claim, it offered a surprisingly unconvincing defense of the astronaut, saying: "to protect their privacy, the agency will not discuss medical information regarding crew members."

Now however, the space agency has offered a much more robust defense of Aunon-Chancellor.
"NASA astronauts, including Serena Aunon-Chancellor, are extremely well-respected, serve their country, and make invaluable contributions to the agency," said Kathy Lueders, Chief of Human Spaceflight. "We stand behind Serena and her professional conduct."

"We do not believe there is any credibility to these accusations."

NASA has always been somewhat hesitant to criticise Russia due to its ongoing partnership with the country, however in this case it seems that Russia may have been looking to place blame on NASA to deflect attention away from its own recent technical issues.

Exactly what did happen aboard the station during the incident however remains unclear.

Source: Ars Technica | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by The Silver Shroud 2 years ago
Is this the incident where someone had punctured the space station, with a pencil or something?
Comment icon #2 Posted by L.A.T.1961 2 years ago
Someone drilled a hole in a Russian part of the ISS. This looks like a typical bizarre Russian attempt to avoid blame for what actually happened. Russia was conducting their own investigation on the ground but the results of this are yet to appear.  The station was put in significant danger when the last Russian craft docked at the ISS and then its engine started unexpectedly. I dare say they think this statement will divert attention from that serious incident.  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Phatty 2 years ago
One way or another wouldn't there be video of what did/did not occur?
Comment icon #4 Posted by NCC1701 2 years ago
That would make a good thriller movie. Maybe Tom Cruise is going to reenact it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Lemongrab 2 years ago
Who cares man. The first moon landing was faked. It's hard to trust NASA
Comment icon #6 Posted by Timothy 2 years ago
If you’re being serious; can you please list some other CT’s you believe?
Comment icon #7 Posted by psyche101 2 years ago
Oh no. That's not right. They landed no doubt. They just didn't release this footage is all. Here is the real footage/secret.  

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