Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
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NASA Confident Air Leak on Space Station Won’t Affect Future Soyuz Capsules

NASA Confident Air Leak on Space Station Won’t Affect Future Soyuz Capsules

NASA's statement comes after Roscosmos general director Dmitry Rogozin said the investigation has ruled out a manufacturing defect.

On the Ground today flying Americans Richard Arnold and Andrew Feustel and Russians Oleg Artemyev.

According to the report, Russian Federation has offered the Indian side a chance to send an astronaut on a training mission to the ISS in 2022 and the mission will happen before or after India's own mission to send a man into space for the first time. "The International Space Station Program is tentatively planning a spacewalk in November to gather more information".

Earlier the ISS hosted the usual emotional goodbyes as the returning trio left Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos' Sergey Prokopyev waiting for the next three-person crew's arrival.

Another astronaut and cosmonaut are due to join the space station crew this month.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will attend next week's Soyuz launch and plans to meet with Rogozin to discuss the highly sensitive matter.


Previously, wild and unsubstantiated rumours had circulated in Russian media that the hole had been drilled by a NASA astronaut - possibly because he was homesick and wished to return to Earth.

He also wrote "spasibo" (thank you) and signed his name on the craft in chalk.

Thus, the duration of stay on the ISS crew expeditions 55/56 approximately 197 days.

Originally, the Express.co.uk reports, astronauts believed the hole to be the result of a collision or an incident that happened outside the ISS, but Russian officials now say they have reason to believe the hole was made on the inside of the ISS.

After several months serving as Expedition 56 Commander aboard the ISS, Feustel was scheduled to land back to Earth on Wednesday.

"To me and for our nation it was really important (those lessons) weren't lost", he said.

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