ISS Hole, Drilled From The Inside, Concludes A Russian Astronaut

ISS Hole, Drilled From The Inside, Concludes A Russian Astronaut

On Aug. 30, the ISS crew found the hole in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the station.

One of the unique things that the astronauts are doing is playing "Elf on the Shelf", the popular Christmas children's game that involves placing a small elf-like doll around your home - or for these astronauts - around the space station.

Cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev was one of two members of the ISS crew who went on a spacewalk a few weeks ago to investigate the hole from the outside.

Kononenko, who is on his fourth mission at the International Space Station, is spending his second Christmas in space.

The Russian space agency's chief, Dmitri Rogozin stated in September, shortly after the event occurred, that, according to his information, the hole could've been drilled on goal into the Soyuz module, either on the ground, before launch, or in orbit by one of the ISS crew members.

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Fortunately, the hole didn't cause issues for Prokopyev and his crewmates, Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, when they returned, because the area where the hole appeared was dropped from the aircraft before they re-entered into Earth's atmosphere.

According to one of the cosmonauts who investigated the unusual hole two weeks ago, the damage seems to be human-caused. Those assertions were quickly shot down by the crew and Russian Federation rapidly denied suggesting that anyone aboard the ISS was responsible.

According to Prokopyev, whatever made the hole started on the inside of the spacecraft.

The samples cut from around the hole were aboard the Soyuz that returned to Earth last week. The crew was then able to quickly locate the hole and seal it using epoxy and glue. The hole, which was apparently hidden with a low-quality patch job, ultimately posed no threat the crew, but it's still a nasty mark on Russia's Soyuz program which NASA and other worldwide space groups have relied on to get scientists into space.

In September, Dmitry Rogozin, a Roscosmos chief, told the TASS news agency that the hole could have been drilled into the spacecraft when it was made or in orbit.

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