Russian Cosmonaut Shows Hole In International Space Station’s Wall

Posted: Sep 11 2018, 1:59pm CDT | by , Updated: Sep 11 2018, 2:11pm CDT, in Latest Science News


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Russian Cosmonaut Shows Hole in International Space Station’s Wall
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Space station's astronaut says everything is calm on board.

International Space Station made global headlines earlier this month when a small leak was detected in its cabin and resulted in the drop of air pressure. The leakage was attributed to a tiny hole in the Russian Soyuz capsule that is currently docked at the space station. Russian Space Agency initially announced that the hole was caused by a meteorite strike. Later, country’s space chief said that the air leak on the International Space Station could have been deliberate sabotage. He claimed that the hole was likely drilled because it was impacted from inside. The accusation caused a heated debate as well as some tension aboard the station.

On Monday, a Russian cosmonaut released a video message to address concerns about the air leak and showed off the hole in the wall of capsule docked at International Space Station.

“As you can see everything is calm on board, we are living in peace and friendship as always,” said 43-year-old cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev in the video. "Please don't worry we're all right. As you can see, we can easily be in here without space helmets and no one is plugging the hole with a finger as they write in the media."

The hole was traced on August 30 and was temporarily sealed with a tape. Later, the crew plugged it with sealant. NASA confirmed that “the International Space Station’s cabin pressure is holding steady” after the repair work and that the crew was never in any danger throughout the process. Flight controllers also performed additional leak checks after fixing the hole and found the situation satisfactory.

“Flight controllers in Houston are continuing to monitor station’s cabin pressure in the wake of the repair. Meanwhile, Roscosmos has convened a commission to conduct further analysis of the possible cause of the leak.” NASA said in an update.

Currently, three Americans, two Russians and a German are residing the space station that orbits around the Earth. Three of them arrived at the orbiting lab in June. They were carried by the Soyuz spacecraft. The hole is in a section of Soyuz spacecraft that will not return to Earth.

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