Russian Federation reacts angrily to reports of hole drilled on space station

A suspected drill hole found in the Soyuz spacecraft

Russian Federation on Wednesday reacted angrily to a report that it suspects usa astronauts of deliberately drilling a hole on the International Space Station, one of the few remaining areas of cooperation between the countries.

On the night of August 29, ISS controllers on the ground noticed a slight pressure drop aboard the orbiting outpost. The non-threatening hole was patched, and the initial explanation was that a small meteorite had struck the station, but Russian Federation wasn't buying it. And last week, Dmitry Rogozin-the head of Russia's federal space agency, Roscosmos-announced that the breach in the Soyuz wall was a drill hole. The person who made the hole apparently had "a faltering hand", Rogozin added, citing nearby scuff marks that likely resulted when the drill slipped. "The only thing the crew did was react appropriately, follow our emergency procedures, eventually locate that leak and plugged the hole".

The Russian space agency's chief has talked to his NASA counterpart about a mysterious leak at the International Space Station, Roscosmos said Thursday. And if the Americans needed evacuation or medical assistance, they just get what is really needed.

Soyuz spacecraft have been ISS crewmembers' only ride to and from orbit since NASA retired its space shuttle fleet in 2011.

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"The motive for the sabotage seems to be that NASA did not want to pay the entire cost of a new Soyuz, probably about $85 million."
Because this would have required the departure of all six astronauts, since Soyuz can't depart without a full crew, the leak would have jeopardized any further reentry.

"Traces of drilling have been found not only inside the spacecraft's living compartment, but also on the screen of the anti-meteorite shield that covers the spacecraft from the outside and is installed 15 millimeters away from the pressure hull", the source said.

Recall that in Corporation for space activities "Roscosmos" believe that the American crew members could deliberately damage the spacecraft "Soyuz MS-09". This suggests that the spacecraft was drilled at a later time when it was fully assembled.

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