September 4, 2018
A Russian official has said the International Space Station (ISS) leak could have been caused by deliberate sabotage.
Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin said the hole in a Russian space craft docked at the orbiting station was caused by a drill and could have been done on purpose, either back on Earth or in space.
The ‘micro fracture’ believed to be around 2mm wide in the $150 billion (£115 billion) space station was discovered after astronauts noticed a drop in pressure.
It was initially believed to have been caused by a small meteorite and astronauts used tape to seal the leak after it caused a small loss of pressure.
However, as the investigation went on it began to look like the hole was made from someone inside as opposed to outside.
Sources suggest the question of how to fix the hole – potentially caused by ‘deliberate interference’ – may have strained relations between Moscow and Houston.
A commission will seek to identify the culprit by name, Rogozin said, calling this a ‘matter of honour’ for Russia’s Energiya space manufacturing company that made the Soyuz.
This article was posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 6:48 am