Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
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Russia Claims New Evidence Of Drilling In International Space Station Leak

Russia Claims New Evidence Of Drilling In International Space Station Leak

On Monday, 10 September 2018, a cosmonaut has shown off the hole that is present in the International Space Station.

According to, a special commission of the state corporation Roskosmos is looking into this version "as a priority".

The Russian space agency's chief has talked to his NASA counterpart about a mysterious leak at the International Space Station, Roscosmos said Thursday.

Speaking from the Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked at the station, where the leak was spotted, Mr Prokopyev said the hole was quickly patched, adding with a smile that "we aren't trying to cover it with our fingers". Fast forward to present day and not only is that theory is still alive and well, but the Russian media has taken its claims to another level, reporting that the hole was drilled by a NASA astronaut so that a sick crew member could leave the mission early and return to Earth.

As per the 43-year-old cosmonaut, he said that everything is good and calm on board.

It will enhance the reliability of ISS missions in case of any launch delays, Vlasov said. "Please don't worry we're all right".

"To leave the station would have required the departure of three astronauts and cosmonauts, because a Soyuz can not depart without a full crew, as this would not leave enough seats for an emergency evacuation", Eric Berger of Ars Technica explained.

The hole was traced on August 30 and was temporarily sealed with a tape. "Meanwhile, Roscosmos has convened a commission to conduct further analysis of the possible cause of the leak".

He did not say if he suspected any of the current crew of three Americans, two Russians and a German aboard the station.

Borisov stressed that the ISS crew responded to the discovery of the hole swiftly and professionally, telling journalists that outer space is no place for political disagreements.

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